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1/21/10 11:50 A

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Dear Nancy,

I read your post about your friend who never does speed work when training. This is my case exactly. I do not mind the distance but I do mind training for speed.

So, did she really manage to qualify for the Boston Marathon without any speed work? Is this possible or did she had some speed training from time to time?

Maybe you are still in touch with her? Could she recommend any Marathon training programs based on distance work?

Thank you,
Uhura

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1/18/10 11:43 A

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I found a great book called, "The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon Training" and I really liked it. The training schedules vary, depending on where your fitness level is right now.

I agree with the others--use a combination of ideas and do what works best for YOU!


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1/18/10 11:38 A

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Like Sunshine said: Don't be afraid to repeat weeks until you are comfortable (can also mean pain free) enough to move to the next week. I have followed a few different plans and I have modified every single one of them.

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1/16/10 1:30 P

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I agree with the hybrid thing...read a lot about training and look at a lot of different plans, and then make one that fits your life. I know that I need flexibility built into my schedule in case I completely bonk on a long run, so I like having repeat weeks that allow me to rearrange and get the long run in if something happens to prevent me from doing it. I also know that to run more than 3 or maybe 4 times per week is not always feasible for me right now - I prefer to run 3 times a week and cross train, so that's what I do. But I have to make sure my running days are quality and I have to make sure they happen.

If a training plan doesn't look like it will work for you, just modify it! :) You'll get there!!

Good luck!

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1/16/10 10:53 A

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I started using Jeff Galloway for my first half marathon in 2007 - and it worked great for me. I have since gone to a "hybrid" kind of workout since that is part Galloway and part my own comfort level. I am planning on running my first full marathon in Oct and plan to use Jeff's training program for it.

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I make up my own training programs, using a little here and a little there. I do however, do a run/walk deal with ALL my LSD runs. I do a 5:1 run:walk schedule and love it. I can still maintain a nice pace, although, I have to work hard slowing it down even more so...my pace is still too fast in my LSD runs.

Running really is what works for YOU! I have a friend who NEVER does speed work and she has qualified for Boston every year. I have another friend who insists on doing Speedwork every week and he has done well in the shorter runs 15Ks or less but always bonks in the longer endurance runs.

HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
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1/16/10 9:26 A

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I Love that video link emoticon

"The race isn't always won by the swiftest, but to those who keep running."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEs_uA0
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1/16/10 8:54 A

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I have never tried Jeff Galloway's training programs but I have read two of his books. I am on marathon training right now and the reason I stayed away from Jeff was because I felt I could have never convinced myself to run over 26 miles in training.

I really do like his walk/run style though.

Since this is your first half and you have plenty of time, and you are interested in Jeff Galloway I think he is a fine choice. Many runners have trained and successfully completed races using his method.

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1/16/10 7:57 A

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I blended a couple of programs when I trained for a half. You just have to go with what works for you. As for the 10% rule, don't increase your weekly mileage by more than 10% and don't increase your LSD by more than 10%. And don't forget to take cutback weeks!

Don't be afraid to push yourself a little - you can probably do more than you think you can.

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1/16/10 7:13 A

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Hi everyone! I'm currently training for my first half marathon which is on March 7th. I am using a 9 week Smart Coach program which slowly increases my mileage weekly. I tlik that my long runs stay the same 2 weeks in a row and that my easy runs increase slowly.

I am hoping to finish the race sub 2:30.

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1/16/10 6:14 A

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I believe its the total miles for the week

"The race isn't always won by the swiftest, but to those who keep running."

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1/15/10 11:14 P

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I had actually started thinking I would use the Higdon training program but was afraid that it might be to fast for me, especially since i have about a month longer than I needed for the Higdon program. I'm thinking about doing a hybrid program too. The 10% rule is what I couldn't remember. I always forget if it's 10% of the week's total mileage or 10% of the long run.

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1/15/10 11:11 P

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I always follow the 10% rule...not increasing your mileage more than 10% from one week to the next. When I was training for my half marathon I never increased more than 1 mile week to week.

I also worked in weeks where my long runs went down (although my overall mileage for the week stayed the same). So, for example, towards the end of training my long run was 10 miles, then 8, then 11, then 8, then 12. Yes this took more weeks than just progressing upwards, but it gives your body time to adjust to the mileage.

I put together a training program that worked for me from several training programs on the web and in books. They all used this method of scaling back a week in between longer runs as you build.

Elise, Plainville, MA

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1/15/10 11:07 P

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I used Galloway's program for my full marathon, and I did like it a lot.

I have opted for Higdon this year as his plan is a little shorter and it works best for my situation.

The rule of thumb is to increase mileage no more than 10% each LSD.


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1/15/10 11:04 P

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So, I'm working on training for my first half marathon. I wanted to do it last year but was not very successful. My long run is now 4-5 miles and I've been running for about 2 years now running mostly 2-3 miles at a time until the last month or so.
I've been looking at training programs and have a question or two. I've heard a lot about Jeff Galloway's Program so I checked it out. It seems to be much more gradual than most other programs out there. Has anyone used his program before?
Some of the others increase by one mile, even 2 miles a week and those say they are for beginners. While I would love to increase that much I am just not sure. I know I've got to do what's right for me but since I'm just starting out, I'd like to have suggestions on what you have used or done.
Thanks.
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