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MOONBEAM1976's Photo MOONBEAM1976 SparkPoints: (40,730)
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3/15/17 11:40 A

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i went from a 5km to a 13km
i completed my 1st half in the rock n roll dublin in august 2015
im doing 4 halfs in 4 days in august - quadrathon
doing it for charity
i have up to 8 hrs every day to complete



doing weight loss in 5 lbs per month increments
gonna work out % losses





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PASTAFARIAN's Photo PASTAFARIAN Posts: 2,211
12/16/16 5:28 P

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I have to differ on the recommendation for Fitzgerald's book. While some of what Fitzgerald says makes sense, he is too cavalier with how he picks some advice from papers and other advice from anecdotes. At times, it becomes impossible to tell which is which. (Even the advice from papers is suspect as he is obviously choosing between papers.)

He is similarly confusing when he fails (at times) to distinguish between advice for marathoners vs half marathoners and beginners vs experienced runners. Lastly, the writing style is much too uneven. For example, he flips between grams and calories seemingly at random. Similarly between lbs and kgs, only rarely giving equivalents. (Makes me wonder where his editor was. An editor should catch this. But Fitzgerald has written many books and articles - he should know better.)

On the other hand, he did give some solid advice (but most of it is well known). Some advice was new to me and I haven't seen elsewhere, quite intriguing, and which I tried incorporated such as his idea about using supplements every other long run.

In total, I found the book frustrating to read and I have trouble recommending it for anyone else.

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12/16/16 2:48 P

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I like all of the suggestions to join a club or program as I think that will help keep you accountable and provide good guidance. You can also do a search online for plans and see what works best for you and the time you have. Some plans incorporate more or less days of running, strength/temp/speed workouts, etc. I am a personal fan of Hansons marathon method and have used both their half marathon and marathon plans, but this is a personal preference. As far as nutrition advice, I really like anything that Matt Fitzgerald has published regarding running nutrition. His book, The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition: A Cutting-Edge Plan to Fuel Your Body Beyond ""the Wall"", is one of my favorites. Good luck!

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12/9/16 4:16 P

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I would reverse the order of that recommendation: First check for running clubs and only if that fails, try Fleet Feet or other commercial program. Around here, Fleet Feet's HM training program is almost twice the price of the local running club HM training program!

Many clubs have free runs so you don't have to sign up for a program if you don't really need the formality of a training schedule.

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12/9/16 3:53 P

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Thank you! There's a Fleet Feet about a half hour from me so I'll check it out and see if it will work for me

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Hi: I don't know if there is a Fleet Feet near you but they have excellent run training programs including a 12 week half program. The benefits are: you train with experienced coaches in a group setting, you interact and potentially form friendships with other runners at all levels and you get nutritional and health advice and services that you wouldn't know about otherwise. Also, nothing beats having your team pace with you and/or cheer you on/in at every race.

If there is not a Fleet Feet near you, it might be good to find out what highly recommended run groups are in your area and consider joining. Do your research though so that you end up with a group perfect for you. (For example some groups cater to super speedy runners, others cater to all levels, etc.)

I hope this helps.

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12/9/16 2:44 P

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Hello and Happy Friday SP,

I love running, it's such a wonderful way for me to relieve stress. However, I am planning on running an HM in April and would love some input on the best training/meal plans. I've run a couple 10k's and loved it. I didn't really have a strict training program though. I just went for runs and hoped for the best. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly received!

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