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Luck! Am trying to get back into shape as well after three weeks of ripped schedules. All it takes is discipline as Steve Pavlina says.

Having finished a marathon several years ago, I think two longs runs per week would be excessive. When I trained with the L.A. Roadrunners, we did one long run each week, and that was plenty. Five other days each week we'd run 25-60 minutes.

Another tip: At the start of your training program (typically six months total), run for time, not distance. Start at around 30 minutes (or whatever you can do) for your long runs, and bump it by about 15 minutes per week. Once you hit your half-marathon distance (for me that was two hours the first time), then switch to running for distance, and bump it by about two miles per week.

As applied to goal achievement, this technique can be considered "timeboxing." When you get started on a goal, don't worry about finishing, just go for time. Try to make a 15- or 30-minute dent in a project each day. As you build momentum, then go for distance, and try to complete a meaningful task each day.

Off to go running.... :)

Good luck on your marathon training! I have ideas about running a marathon, but I'm in the middle of establishing an exercise habit. Training for one is at least a year or two away.

Thanks for the thoughts and encouragement!

Steve, I like the this:
"When you get started on a goal, don't worry about finishing, just go for time. Try to make a 15- or 30-minute dent in a project each day."

An excellent suggestion!

Having been converted by an old housemate, I am one of the "Furey Faithful", http://www.mattfurey.com/

One of the points he repeatedly stresses for all his stuff is "it starts with one" - one squat, one push-up, one run - just by starting with one, you're already ahead of those who are stuck on zero...

Don't ever feel the need to run yourself ragged with exercise though! My friend is a walking injury because he always overdoes it. I just do what feels comfortable, then a bit more, then a bit more and so on - a much saner proposition.

Rob - Thanks for the link!

I like the "starts with one" idea" and this oges along with how I approach my goals.

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