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FRANKIESJOURNEY's Photo FRANKIESJOURNEY Posts: 99
6/2/12 6:35 P

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Using Hal Higdon here. Only on week one of the novice plan. But all is good so far. Will tell you all at how it went after the 26.2.





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MBSHAZZER's Photo MBSHAZZER Posts: 18,398
5/15/12 12:27 P

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I used a plan from Runner's World, for experienced runners. Even though it was my first marathon, I had been running for 15 years and had pretty high weekly mileage. I basically used the plan just for the long run schedule and stuck to my own plan during the week because I don't do speedwork.

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5/9/12 10:20 A

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I used a program from my running group, but it has a lot in common with Hal Higdon's novice plans. I think it's really important not to do serious speedwork when training for the first marathon. Maybe a run midweek at target marathon race pace, but going faster isn't necessary since no matter when you cross the finish line, that will be your PR. Getting the mileage in is far more important.

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4/1/12 4:18 P

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the smart coach on runners world. There is one for your phone AND computer. It tells me distance and pace, what days to run AND throws in speed AND tempo runs. I have used it for a 10K, a half marathon, a full marathon and am using it for my second marathon.



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3/31/12 4:20 P

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I'm following Hal Higdon's full marathon plan, I've used his plan for half marathons in the past with great results!

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3/25/12 5:18 P

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Cecilia- I think it was, also the strength training days, and the running sessions made an intense program. I got burn out emoticon

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3/25/12 4:54 P

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Hi, I have my first marathon in 3 weeks time, and I have used a Hal Higdon plan, I found it simple and easy to follow and have got to this stage uninjured so I give it the thumbs up!

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3/22/12 10:07 A

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I just started Hal Higdon's Novice 1 training plan. Tia mentioned his plans as well. There is an Iphone app, Hal Higdon's Marathon Novice 1, that has the plan set for you and with it's GPS you just hit GO, Start and run! it tells you when you have hit your mark and it allows you to add playlists as well. It also has a journal tab so you can track how you felt before during and after the run or I like to add whether or not I ran with the stroller that day (which has been everyday:)). The plan for the first week is Monday-rest, T-W-T 3 miles Friday-rest, Saturday 6 miles, Sunday 60 min Cross training. It is encouraging because it urges to finish the distance, not necessarily a set pace. Also, it starts the training on the closest Monday, or you can input the race date and it will set it up from there. Happy Running!

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3/22/12 7:18 A

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John, was it the speedwork that tipped the scale for you with the FIRST plan?

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Kansas City Marathon 10.15.11 - 4:08:59 *PR*
Cork City Half Marathon, Ireland 6.6.11- 1:58:35
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3/21/12 9:39 P

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I dont remember exactly where i got mine, but its working for me, just 2 and half weeks until my first marathon though.
The plan goes like this
Week 1: Monday-3, Tuesday-4, Thursday-3, Friday-Rest, Saturday-5, Sunday-Recovery
Do this while slowly adding mileage until week 14 or so where your week looks like this:
Week 14: Monday-6, Tuesday-9, Thursday-6, Friday-Rest, Saturday-22, Sunday-Recovery
then you taper with shorter runs for 2 weeks, giving your body time to rest and recover.
Hope this helps, good luck!!

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3/21/12 9:01 P

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I found the FIRST plan too intense for my first marathon

John

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3/21/12 8:59 P

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I follow the FIRST plan every time. I'm on my third marathon.
www.runnersworld.com/article/printer
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The first marathon I trained for, I did only 2 strength training sessions besides the training plan. The sessions were 10 minutes of lunges, squats, and ab work. This time around, I still do short strength training/cardio sessions to cross-train (www.bodyrock.tv).

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Kaua'i Marathon - 9.2.11
St. Louis GO! Marathon - 4.15.11
Gobbler Grind Half Marathon - 11.20.11 - 1:57:52
Kansas City Marathon 10.15.11 - 4:08:59 *PR*
Cork City Half Marathon, Ireland 6.6.11- 1:58:35
Clarksville Half Marathon 10.30.10 - 1:53:17 *PR*
Twin Cities Marathon 10.4.09 - 4:28:32


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3/21/12 8:30 P

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I am using the Galloway program (running not run/walk). I run Mon, Wed, and LSD either Fri or Sat. I have started early as I have a few HMs between now and my Marathon in Oct. This also allows me to repeat longer runs and feel more comfortable. I haven't had any injuries to date and I love it!

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3/21/12 7:27 P

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Do you have a smart phone? I use Runner's World Smart Coach app. I like it because you can customize your plan based on your weekly run distance and your training level. I always pick "moderate training level" because I run for fun and fitness not for PRs. This option only has me running 3 days a week.

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3/21/12 5:55 P

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I used Hal Higdon's Novice schedule and was very happy with it. I followed it exactly. www.halhigdon.com

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3/21/12 5:47 P

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I was just wondering what every one used or did to train for their 1rst full marathon?

I know what works for one person may not work for another. I am just trying to figure things out for myself.

So I want to know what days you ran or did not run? How many days you ran? If you followed a plan what it was and/or looked like? Any details would be nice.

Thanks in advance!!

**I am having a hard time figuring out what works for me. I know if I run more then 3-4 days it won't be good for me. So I do not know how many miles to run on 2-3 days out of the 4. I got the LSD down. What I orginally planned I am now thinking otherwise cause it sounds like it is not enough.**

**Jodymarie**

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