Deciding how to train for the marathon is not easy. I have read so much and a lot of it is conflicting. Several friends have said things like ‘get a coach’. The only problem I have with that is different coaches will have differing views, like the differing views I see in what I read.

Some say “do this, it the best thing since sliced bread”, other say that its dangerous. How can they all be right?

Some programs, to my surprise, do not recommend running such long differences and advocate the short sharp interval training. Another I came across recommended two days a week in the gym doing weights and not running those days. They suggested the weights were necessary to help avoid injury, yet the weight lifting program they suggested focused mainly on the upper body. Can somebody explain how that is supposed to prevent injury in the lower limb?

The conclusion I seem to have reached from all this reading is that none of them are right. What is right is what suits me. What suits what I have available time wise and access to.

I have always been a fan of the Lydiard approach and have decided to stick to that as best I can. It has stood the test of time.