Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Half Marathon Training Plan

I've finally decided on a half marathon training plan.  Last time at the library, Kovas picked up Run Less Run Faster for me.  I have to admit the catchy title intrigued me.  After reading a couple pages I realized, this was not an quick and easy plan - instead of lots of "junk miles," the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training, or FIRST training program focuses on intensity over frequency.  It incorporates three runs, each with a purpose and two days of cross training - which they call the 3plus2 plan.

The three key runs include track repeats, tempo runs and long runs. These runs are to be completed at specific paces that are custom to a recent race pace. The quality runs followed by quality cross training days, provide for the rest and recovery time needed to prevent injuries.

Although the title was a little misleading, I am still going to go with this plan - it sounds challenging, yet sensible.  My trail half is less than 15 weeks away, so once again, my procrastination has me skipping or condensing the first two weeks...not the best way to start, but at least now I have a plan:)

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  1. Hooray for choosing a plan! Everything I've read about FIRST says the plan is tough but effective.

  2. Sounds like the right plan for you. I have to admit, I like having some easier runs every week, so I'd probably not like every run to be a bit tough!

  3. I've been looking into this one too.

  4. I've heard a lot of great things about this. Hope it works out well for you!


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