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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?

The Main Focus or "Why I am writing on this blog"

On Journey to the desert

Hello again,

This blog was created to mainly focus on running and health, but more specifically I wanted to document my own training for future marathons in 2014. Those currently are the Brookings Marathon, Black Hills 100 Ultra-Marathon (50 mile race) and the Sioux Falls Marathon.

I am hoping that through documenting my training and overall health, that I can see my progression, improve and allow others to use it as a reference for their own similar endeavors.

Over the past approximately 2 years of beginning to run and being significantly more health conscious, I've found that my health has improved a little and my running has improved significantly with just a bit of effort (in my opinion).

Right now, my greatest effort seems to be in eating right and avoiding refined carbohydrates. Which leads to my 1st confession, as blogs can be confessionals, this is no different...I am addicted to caffeine in the form of energy drinks. I truly want this to be the last time I say this and tomorrow I do not decide to buy another energy drink or soda ever again, but to be honest, I'm not sure what I'll do. It's crazy the habitual behavior I've exhibited in my life and I am ready to use that type of behavior in a positive healthy way.

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