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8/27/11 9:16 P

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For my first half marathon I used Hal Higdon's begginer plan. I am currently using the Marathon Training Academy's intermediate plan and LOVE IT! It's a three day running plan, which allows me more time for strength and cross training. Find one that works for you, and don't be a slave to any plan...it's just your guideline :).

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8/23/11 11:51 P

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Good luck with your training. I am running my first HM in just under 3 weeks. I looked at a few training programs and developed my own schedule. To me it seems like it is working well, but the truth will be told at the race.

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8/23/11 2:32 P

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Oh neat i friended you back. emoticon

Thank you for all the replies and advice! You guys rock! So check it out: i took a looksee at some of the suggested plans and i think what suited me best was Hal Higdon. I'm pretty aggressive, i want a challenge, i'm not a *total* novice at this (i've been running somewhat regularly for the last couple years, but ive never tracked my progress), and i can commit to five days a week, i have already done long runs up to 9 miles.. so yeah. I think i'll start with Hal Higdon's intermediate plan and see how it goes. I think that one will be ok, but if not... i can always adapt.

It will be interesting to see how my body responds to speed work. I haven't really done much of that. Untill now, i have really just done mostly jogging, not alot running. But i still call it running cuz it makes me sound tougher lol.

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8/22/11 8:07 P

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Hi I added you as friend

cheers

John

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8/22/11 8:03 P

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Heya John, I'm curious to see your plan (even though my HM is less than a month away - EEK!) for future use :) I added you as a friend, but your page is private so I wasn't able to snoop around, hehe!

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8/22/11 6:42 P

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+1 for Galloway

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8/22/11 5:23 P

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I can e-mail you a 1/2 marathon training program PDF file

Just spark mail me with your e-mail address & I'll send it to you


Its the program that worked for me I paid for a running class when I ran my first 1/2
I completed it in 2:12 was my best time and I was very happy with the plan 10 & 1's intervals

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8/22/11 4:44 P

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I agree - find out what works for you. And sometimes that by itself is hard to determine!
Some things that are useful to know about yourself:

- Do you need scheduling flexibility?
- Or do you need more rigidity to keep you on track??
- Are you running 3 miles, 3-4x/week, now?
- Or are you newer to the sport?
- Do you already walk part of your runs?
- Do you want to clear the HM with a particular time in mind?
- Or is your goal to simply finish it healthy & happy?
- Do you have injuries to be mindful of?

I went with a run/walk Galloway plan because I needed
- the flexibility in my schedule,
- the walking that lessens stress on my newly healed hip,
- the variety of cross-training that keeps the overall plan fun;
- the gradual pace of increasing mileage, and
- the emphasis on just finishing the first HM, but with some pride that made me stick to the plan straight enough to do it well. ;)

My first HM is on Oct 2nd, and I'm feeling pretty good about being ready for it by then! Aiming to finish in any time that begins with a "2", lol!

Wishing you a healthy, fun, rockin' run!
K:)

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8/22/11 3:49 P

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i agree.. look them over and figure out what works for you.. I started with Higdon's... hurt my IT band.. decided it was to much.. went with Galloways and had to kind of frankenplan it into my tri training schedule.. and it worked out great.. ran 13.1 miles on saturday, not a race,,just ran it and had no aches and pains afterwards.. and i was able to run the whole way. even though his is a walk/run plan..I found all the cross training with the cycling swimming really helped with recovery as well as endurance so i could run the whole way.. and my lungs weren't burning.. i wasn't fatigued.. and i could carry on conversation if needed to.. To me that is a great run.. the ones i feel like i'm about to explode at the end.. yeah.. not so much..

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8/22/11 3:44 P

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There really are so many options out there, but the 'best' plan is what works for your schedule, your level of fitness, your time frame, and so on. Don't be afraid to take a couple of plans and make your own--and to tweak it as you go along. No plan needs to be set in stone; use them as guidelines and feel free to adapt them to fit your needs. Good luck!

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8/22/11 3:39 P

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8/22/11 3:36 P

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OK- I'm relpying to this because I want to know, too. I think I'm going to go with Hal Higdon, but how do you know which one to go with?

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8/22/11 3:27 P

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If you google Half-Marathon training plans, you get 10 million results. Which one should i pick?




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