Hal Higdon, a former elite runner and 111-time marathoner, has helped tens of thousands of people get ready for their first marathon. Here he offers a customized plan specifically for active (but not running-obsessed) readers. It's designed to fit into your already busy life and allow for cross-training (hiking, cycling, or swimming). The first 12 weeks condition you for training and culminate with a 10K race to test your fitness. The next 18 put more emphasis on running as you build toward the big day. For the NYC Marathon, start this plan on April 13.
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