In 1998, I made a New Year's resolution to run a marathon in less than 3 hours. It has taken me six years to achieve this goal.
I've tried many different approaches to training; looked for shortcuts; made mistakes; and learned lessons. I have learned a lot from books, magazines and articles; but I have learned most of all from my friends who run, who have patiently acquired immense wisdom and have been generous enough to share it.
On May 16th 2004, I finally achieved my goal, running 2:53:28 in the Copenhagen Marathon. In this article, I've tried to capture what I've learned from my experiences, in the form of seven habits for effective marathon training.
Some of you will know all of this (indeed, some of you will have taught it to me in the first place). I hope that others will find it useful.