Introduction: This is my most popular program: the Novice 1 Marathon Training Program. This version is configured for runners training for the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 8, 2017. It is the program used by CARA to train runners in its marathon training class aimed at that race. If you are training for another marathon with a different end date, you need to sign up for a different program.
This program is designed for beginning runners, as the Novice 1 label indicates. If you can comfortably get through the first long run of 6 miles at the end of Week 1, you will be primed and ready to go in the Chicago Marathon 18 weeks later. The build-up is both gentle and progressive. You will be following in the footsteps of tens of thousands of runners, who have achieved success with Novice 1.
If you are beyond the beginner status, maybe with several previous races (including a half marathon) in your resume, you might want to consider Novice 2.
For more information on how to use this program, visit my Web site: halhigdon.com