I am trying to plan my schedule for next year and have a question for experienced marathoners out there. I have signed up for my first marathon that will take place the first week of October in 2008. So far I am also going to be doing a HIM in the beginning of June and would like to do more in the later summer months, however, I don't want to do it at the expense of preparing for a marathon.
My question is, I really would like to do well in my marathon and was wondering how long do I need to start preparing for my first marathon when I will already be in HIM shape. I basically want to extend my triathlon season (primarily HIM and Olympic) as long as possible before I have to start to dedicate myself to a marathon running plan. Any advice on how far in advance I should taper my swim and bike training in order to train primarily for running a marathon.
Thanks in advance.