When it was time to design a training program for a half marathon in May, I took to the internet. I probably should have turned around and also looked through the books on my shelf, but I didn't, so I'll have to do that when I look for a lifting and triathlon training programs later this season.
When designing a program, I took several things into consideration:
(1) The plan needs to fit MY daily/weekly/goal schedule
(2) Monday needs to be an easy day because I seem to have a problem getting my stuff together for gym training on that day
(3) The plan needs to fit MY schedule
(4) The weekend long run should (will) be outside around home and should be the long run
(5) I have Pilates class Monday evenings and that's not changing (see #2)
(6) I will start with a solid running (and pilates) program and will add in weights after a few weeks
I downloaded six training plans, specifically looking for "beginner" or "just finish" programs. Three of the programs made me cringe ("you want me to run HOW many miles in week one?"), so I settled on looking more closely at plans by Hal Higdon, About.com, and MarathonRookie. The first two programs upon looking more closely didn't pass a sanity check. Hal's program seemed to miss a taper at the end prior to the big race; About.com's program dropped off quite a bit at the end. I'm no training program guru, but neither of these sounded right for the last few weeks, and overall I wasn't feeling comfortable with how the weekly runs were planned out. MarathonRookie's ten week program won out.
I added two weeks into the program to bring it up to twelve with a start date of 02/09/10 for a 05/02/10 race, then asked Kristin what she thought. A few tweaks later and my training plan was born.
My run days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. This takes into account the first five items of my requirements list. Why list the fact twice that it needs to fit my schedule? Because it if doesn't I'm setting myself up for failure no matter how hard I try to succeed. Unfortunately the first week didn't fit Mother Nature's schedule so I lost the first four training runs, but I'm back on schedule. It's about time I start developing my lifing program and add that in with week three or four.
One Month Done
5 years ago