Hal Higdon Marathon 3

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Oct 2015
5:47pm, 6 Oct 2015
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I've run 3 marathons so far. My times were 4:45:34, 5:15:19, 4:44:09. The 5:15 was a result of setting off too fast in pursuit of a sub 4:30.
My training for all 3 has been frighteningly similar. 16 week plan. 38/38/37 runs. Mileage 253/247/261. Total of 5 longest runs 77/83/83.
Each time I have planned to run 4 - 5 times a week but life seems to get in the way. With hindsight 4 - 5 runs is obviously unrealistic, both in terms of time available and the way my body copes with the extra mileage. I averaged 2.3 runs a week.
I want to give the marathon my best shot this time and still want to go sub 4:30.
I've just entered Manchester in April next year, 27 weeks away and am looking at the Hal Higdon Marathon 3 plan. It is based on a 24 week plan, with only 3 runs a week. The final 16 weeks of the plan would add up to 48 runs, 432 miles, 5 longest runs totalling 95 miles. This is significantly more than I have achieved in my last 3 efforts, but a lot less than I planned to do (if that makes sense?)

So, I suppose what I want to know is, has anybody followed this plan and did it work?
Oct 2015
12:04pm, 8 Oct 2015
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No - but bumping this for you

and I'm going to look for it

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