Once you commit to running a marathon, you need to start preparing for it--mentally and physically. "Marathon Training" presents three separate 100-day training programs to maximize your efforts:
-If you can comfortably run six miles and have finished an organized race in the past, the Cruiser program enhances your chances of finishing your first marathon.
-After you've cruised your first marathon, you'll want to set your personal record (PR) by using the Pacer program. You'll run the entire distance of the race at your own pace and set goals for future finishes.
-Whether you want to beat your own PR or someone else's, the rigorous trainingschedule in the Racer program will help you achieve that goal. A prolific writer, coach, and runner, author Joe Henderson has designed daily log pages to help you monitor all the variables that affect training, including weather and course conditions; training effectiveness; mental and physical benchmarks; and time, distance, and pace goals. Each day, as you fill out your log page, Henderson's sage advice and "thought for the day" will give you a greater understanding of, and a deeper commitment to, your goal of running a marathon.
Use "Marathon Training" as you would a personal coach: to motivate, inform, and inspire you through 91 days of marathon training and 9 days of post-race recovery.