Sunday, August 21, 2011

Training Plans?

Since getting back into running, I have done so sans a training plan. Early on it was fine just getting out there to run when I could and build up my endurance again. My priorities were getting back in shape after having the boys and using the time for mental health. I wasn't so concerned about having a concrete plan since I had been a runner before in high school and college and felt that I knew enough about what it took to be able to run a 5K and 10K. Also, with a baby who didn't/doesn't sleep, getting myself out there more than once or twice seemed impossible, and thus impossible to stick to a schedule. But now, with five official 5K's and two 10K's under my race belt and one more of each on the schedule, my competitive spirit is really starting to take over. I really would like to see what I could do to improve my times, even though I'm right about the age when things start to slow down, so they say. Although, I just read this post from Miss Zippy about some of her "older" running buddies, so maybe there is hope for me yet!

My goals also entail running my first half and full marathons next year, distances my body has never known all at one time. Obviously, I plan on implementing a specific training schedule to prepare for these races, but which one?

I've recently been on a running information kick and just finished my fifth book on running in the last couple of months. The latest book, Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary FIRST Training Program by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, and Ray Moss, has me intrigued.
 If you aren't familiar with this program, it focuses on three key runs (track, tempo, and long) and two cross-training days per week. The three key runs focus heavily on pace with rest or active rest days in between to recover. This program embraces the philosophy of "less is more" and "quality over quantity". The intensity and pace of the three runs depends on current fitness and race performances.

The FIRST program would fit well into my schedule and I already want to incorporate cross-training, particularly over the winter months. My only concern with this plan is being able to follow the pacing to a T. For the most part I know where all the half-mile and mile marks are on the various runs around my house, but I only run with a Timex I can imagine keeping on the correct pace might be difficult. I imagine this baby is in my near future...my birthday is in October...
So pretty!!!!! Mommy likey.
What training plans have you followed or are currently using?

7 comments:

  1. You will LOVE your Garmin if you get it!!!

    If you do get the book - I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. I'm seriously considering doing the RLRF after this marathon is done!!!

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  2. Thanks for the link love! I am one of the few who does not love a Garmin. I tried it but just not for me...I'm too old school, I guess. I hear lots of go things about RLRF--hope you like it if you give it a go.

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  3. I am just finishing my last week of RLRF HM Training. There is a bunch of posts on my blog about my training. It's tough, but I hope it ends up being worth it. I will see next Saturday. I was thinking of using it for my full marathon in December, but I may take a little break and use another program. I think doing training cycle after training cycle of this program could leave you a bit burned out. But I will definitely use it again!!

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  4. I am just finishing my last week of RLRF HM Training. There is a bunch of posts on my blog about my training. It's tough, but I hope it ends up being worth it. I will see next Saturday. I was thinking of using it for my full marathon in December, but I may take a little break and use another program. I think doing training cycle after training cycle of this program could leave you a bit burned out. But I will definitely use it again!!

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  5. I read the Run Less, Run Faster book over the summer and I really enjoyed it. As a runner who is prone to injuries I've found it best that I don't run back to back days so running three days a week is ideal for me. I spent a couple of weeks going over the details in the book and the training plans and my race goals for the fall and then adapted the plan to my goals. I'm following the pacing and so far I've seen a definite improvement in my times and endurance. My biggest suggestion is to adapt the plan to fit your goals/ability.

    My b-day is in October too :)

    I have a Garmin and I agree you'll love it if you get it!

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  6. I told myself for a while I wouldn't buy a Garmin cause I couldn't justify spending that kind of money on a watch. Eventually I gave in and bought a Garmin 405 and LOVE IT! I'm currently following the smart coach training program from runners world. I like the program cause it has 4 runs a week when my programs have 5-6 runs a week and I just don't have that kind of time right now :/

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  7. RLRF was my first ever training plan because I had babies and not much time to train. I BQ'd on it twice. It made me a different (much better) runner. Dont sweat the paces too much, there were plenty of times I came up short.
    I inherited hubby's Garmin when he retired from running. I hope you get one, they are great!

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