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10 Dec 2004

Training programme
Please could you help me with a program for the Two oceans next year, I can only run when my husband is out of the country sometimes 3 to 4 months at a time, I love running and my dream is to do the two oceans one day. I have a stationery bicycle, which I train on, as well but not as much as I should because of restrictions. What can I do? (I am 47years old and been married for 24years).
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Angel

Good for you! I'm glad to hear that you love running so much and that your love for the sport has grown into this challenge. I think that if you are fairly experienced at running (that is, you have run regularly before) it is quite possible for you to aim for the 2 Oceans next year. You must however be realistic and realise that you are embarking on a challenge which will require in excess of 5 hours of running on the day, and so you must be prepared to put in training miles. It's not like running a daily 45 minutes. But that's the challenge and I'm sure that you are up to it.

The first thing to do is to qualify - you must run a marathon before you enter, and if my memory serves me, the cutoff is in mid to late February. Therefore, that leaves you with 10 weeks to get up to being able to run a marathon. If you can do this, then adding on the last little bit to get to 56 km is not all that bad. So, the goal is 42 km by February.

I can't unfortunately provide you with a step by step programme, because I don't know what your starting point is. If you are currently running about 40 to 60 km per week (maybe 10 km per day on average), then getting up to the marathon is not that bad. However, if you are not running at all, then the first few weeks must be spent getting used to running again and this makes it a little more difficult. So, I don't want to guess at your level and then guess wrong, as this will cause problems. My advice is therefore to go to the following web address:

You will see a list of possible programmes, for a marathon, and you need to choose one of them to help you train.

Lastly, remember that as good as something like cycling is to help you get fit and also give you some variety, it's not a substitute for the miles on the feet, and so if you are given a choice between running and cycling, you must go with running if you want to run a marathon.

Good luck
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