Training Schedule

Just Starting to Run – If you are new to running I would suggest the Couch to 5K plan. It is meant to take you from your couch to running a 5K (3.1miles) in about 6 to 9 weeks depending on the plan you choose.

Here are some sites that will walk you through it:

Cool Running Couch to 5K

C25K.com

Training for a Half Marathon:

For my first half marathon I used the Beginner Training Plan from Cool Running, but I did not do the Fartlek or speed runs. My goal was just to finish and I was more concerned with building up endurance rather than speed.

Full Marathon Training:

I am currently training for my first marathon and basically looked at many of the most popular training programs including Hal Higdon’s plan and Jeff Galloway’s plan. I compiled all this information and created a plan that would work with the time I had to train and my schedule. Many of the plans I looked at for a 1st time marathoner schedule you to run 4 days a week to prevent injury and/or overuse injuries. I will decide week to week if I am going to run 4 or 5 days. So, I basically have a “free” day each week to either run or cross train. I have attempted to train for a marathon in the past and did sprain my ankle very bad at the end of a long run, so I take overuse injuries very seriously. Even though I do want to lose weight (which running 5 days over 4 would help) I do not want to get hurt. I am planning on listening to my body and building up my mileage slowly.

My goal for the marathon is to finish, so as long as I cross the finish line I don’t care if I am running, walking or crawling. I think of that Nike ad that said, “And then, whether you win, lose or collapse on the finish line, at least you know exactly who you are.”

3 Responses

  1. when is your marathon?

  2. It’s February 1st. Ahhhh!

  3. Hi again – I am currently using the Galloway program for my upcoming marathon. In the past I have been using the Running Room program.

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