I've done my fair share of running in my lifetime, all 25 years of it. In high school I ran cross-country (both a 2 mile race and a 2.5 mile race my senior year) and track (400s and 800s). I've trained for 5ks and half marathons rather successfully, if I do so say so myself. I've completed 5 half marathons, PRing every time, with my best being last year's Flying Pig of 1:43:07. I need something more now.
Last year after the Flying Pig I knew that I was ready for something more. My PR is pretty good for a woman. Don't get me wrong, I definitely have room for improvement, but I rank in a decently high percentage for women times for a half. This year my big race that I am training for is the Quad Cities Marathon. It is in mid-September in the Quad Cities, which are 4 cities all located next to each other in Iowa and Illinois along the Mississippi River.
Yesterday I was thinking about how I trained for my first half. My brother who is an avid distance runner, marathoner, and ultra marathoner, told me what to do and I did it. And, I did it for every half that I ran. Is it the ideal plan? I have no idea. But what I do know is that it works for me.
Now, please help me!!! Tell me how you train for marathons...what worked for you? what didn't work out so well? I'm looking for all of the advice I can get, not only with training, although that is my mian concern, but also with the diabetes and nutritional aspect of it. Thanks, in advice, for you comments!