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3 Hour Marathon Training

Can you train for a marathon with less than 3 hours of training a week?

That was the question that has me training for a marathon. My wife and I recently had our first child (he is currently 4 1/2 months old). Besides daily walks with my dog I had not done any serious exercise for about 4 months. I figured it was time to get back in an exercise routine.

The problem is that having a kid completely kills your free time. After staring at my schedule for a couple of days and talking with my wife I figured I could carve out exercise time 6 days a week if I kept the workouts, including warm up and cool down, below 30 minutes.

I am a competitive person and do not enjoy working out just for the sake of working out (I need goals). So after carving out some time on my schedule the next question was, what should I train for? Should I sign up for a 10K, go for a personal best in a mile race, or something else? Which brought me back to something I had been pondering for a little while. Can you post a good time in a marathon with a low mileage training program? And more specifically could I train for a marathon with less than 3 hours of training a week?

Death of a Dream

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I can't believe it just happened. I've finally done it. 2 Miles. Under 10 Minutes.

For the past few months, I've been waiting for the moment where I can make this my Facebook status. I've been working every day at this goal: sub 10. No one (before this post, at least) has known of this goal.

Last spring, I broke the 5-minute mile barrier. With the current training I've been doing, I've been looking at breaking the 10-minute two mile barrier this March.

Academically, I'm not the smartest person. I've always faced rejection from every single school I have ever applied to. I contacted a couple coaches at DIII universities that are academically world class. They said I would have a shot at making their cross country and track team if I could get my 3200m (2 mile) time around the ten minute boundary (plus or minus a few seconds).

My junior year track record was 10:41, eons away from 10 the flat. But, running was perhaps my only chance to finally achieve that dream of getting into a great college. I would have never thought a few years ago that I would use athletics to help gain me admission into a university. It became a possibility this year.

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