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YOUR NEXT TARGET

THE VAST MAJORITY OF YOU WHO ARE GUNNING FOR A SPRING MARATHON WILL HAVE A MAGIC NUMBER IN MIND - THAT TIME YOU ARE DESPERATE TO DIP UNDER. MR INTRODUCES YOU TO THREE MEN WHO KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. THEY HAVE ALL PROGRESSED FROM THEIR FIRST MARATHON EXPERIENCE TO GET FASTER WITH EACH PASSING YEAR THANKS TO HELP FROM MR’S COACHING EDITOR. FOLLOWING THAT, WE’VE GOT PLANS THAT WILL HELP YOU JOIN THEM IN THE RANKS OF THE EVER-IMPROVING MARATHON MEN. OFF YOU GO

NAME: RICHARD MANNING

FIRST MARATHON: LONDON 2009

TIME: 4:18:00

PERSONAL BEST: FRANKFURT 2012

TIME: 2:58:17

WHEN I STARTED…

I ran London in 2009, just for the experience, but I got the bug and really wanted to see where I could take my running. I joined a running club, did some harder sessions, trained harder and in March 2009 ran the Rome Marathon in 3:18. In the October of that year I ran the Amsterdam Marathon. I had upped my training but was doing it all on my own. I did a lot of miles, a lot of volume and yet I ran worse than I had in Rome, finishing in 3:29. I had the effort levels right but my training wasn’t specific enough, so in February 2012 I got coaching advice from MR Coach Nick Anderson.

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Haruki Murakami, author of ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ has an apposite quote for describing our sport: “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” I’ve thought a lot about this quote over the years - and it’s taken me just as long to understand what he’s trying to say. My personal take on it is that we all know that running hurts, it’s just how we channel that pain and deal with it mentally that makes the difference. Over the years, Men’s Running has delivered hundreds of articles about how to train to make the pain as painless as possible. We’ve talked to experts about how to train intelligently for every distance and brought you training plans to nail PBs from 5K to a marathon. We’ve rounded up the best of these and brought them to you in one guide so that you can simply run faster. And, remember, suffering is optional!