FAQ
Why is it called The 9-Miler way?
Running maximum 9-mile training runs is the cornerstone of the training program. But there is more. Much more. The 9-Mile Marathon is a carefully balanced, comprehensive SYSTEM, based on more than just running less miles. Finding your MHR, your marathon heart rate sweet spot is essential. We do that with a test protocol -explained n the program- you can do yourself (with an explanatory video). AFA (the concept of Accumulated Fatigue Avoidance) and ESS (initiating the metabolic Energy Supply Switch) are dominant factors as well. Furthermore there is the importance of Cross training, getting rid of the rigid (both physical and mental) and 9-mile specific speed- and interval training (full recovery type of interval sets). All 'n all a cleverly balanced thoroughly thought-through concept, very effective, highly efficient.
Does it mean that what I've been doing in the past is wasted (effort)?
No! By no means no! My goal is not to FIX what’s not working for you. My goal is to REPLACE what’s not working with something NEW. Based on whatever you did in the past. Most people have TRIED to improve in the past, and for some reason it didn’t work. They’ve tried to lose weight. They’ve tried to improve their running. Now it's time to move FORWARD. I'm offering a possibility to start training a NEW way. 
And what if I LOVE running and training those long runs?
Well, if you LOVE running long, and you feel happy and healthy with it, please KEEP DOING IT! I am not saying The 9-Mile Marathon training system is for everybody. If you’ve been STRUGGLING with your marathon running, or if progress is staying away, I advise you to switch from the traditional ’no pain no gain’ training to The 9-Miler way.
Is this a good program for my first HALF marathon?
Oh yes indeed! The 9-Mile Marathon training program contains a HALF marathon specific program as well. We have only one go-nogo though. We want you to be able to run a 10k in less than 65 minutes. This applies to both half- and full marathon. When you need more than 65 minutes to finish your 10k we advise you to improve your 10k running first. In the 9-Mile Marathon Training program you will find Interval and Speed training exercises to make you faster.
My best 10k is more than 70 minutes and/or my best 5k is like 35 minutes. Any advise?
We want you to be able to run a 10k in less than 65 minutes. This applies to both half- and full marathon. When you need more than 65 minutes to finish your 10k we advise you to improve your 10k/5k running first. In the 9-Mile Marathon Training program you will find Interval and Speed training exercises to make you faster. That will be a better start. When you run 65minutes or more on the 10k, it means you will need more than 5 1/2 hours on the marathon. Which I personally think is not a healthy thing.
Can I switch to The 9-Mile Marathon schedule from another program?
As long as there are 90 days left, YES, you can! With less than 90 days your body will not have time enough to fully adapt to the specifics of The 9-Mile Marathon training program. There are hundreds of athletes who used the 9-mile program now. The closer they stick to the plan, the bigger chance they finish their marathon strong.
I want to run my fastest marathon ever. Is The 9-Mile Marathon system the way to go?
No. I have developed The 9-Mile Marathon training system to allow YOU to run your best marathon at THIS particular moment in THIS particular situation. So I am looking at 'performance' from a different angle. When you have a busy job, running a family and living a social life, you will NEVER be able to run your fastest marathon at the same time. With The 9-Mile Marathon training program you will run your best marathon GIVEN your personal circumstances.
I want to do ultra running this winter, like 35 mile trail runs. Is the 9-Mile Marathon training system applicable?
Yes. Absolutely. In fact the 9-Mile Marathon training system is DERIVED from ultra running concepts. And, even more specific, from medical rehab strategies to help patients recover from setbacks as fast and effective as possible. It appeared that at specific heart rates, moderate length/endurance, balanced repetition and differentiation the healing/recovery process can be accelerated substantially. 
I am a triathlete. Can I use the 9-mile program to train for the run part of traithlon?
Again yes. Absolutely. That's what I've been doing the past Ironman seasons. Which led to becoming world champion Ironman 70.3 in my age-group. The only thing I add to running the 9-miler way is combining it with the bike part. So, the so called 'brick' trainings (first bike than run) I do "The 9-Miler Way!" 
I am planning to run 2 full marathons in one month. How can I use The 9-Miler way of training?
Interesting question. The answer is yes you can, and use the "Block 1" training intensity in between your races (as I have explained in the training program). Your challenge will be to not hurt yourself. Injury will come due to training overload. So you have to DRASTICALLY decrease your training workload. The intensity of "Block 1" of The 9-Mile Marathon training system will do the job for you.