Where do you get your training plan from and the party animal.

Yesterday was the last day at the Blend Retreat.  Next year it will be held in Boulder, Colorado… I will be going every year from here on out… COME WITH!!!!

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Brooke came up with me and as you will see she was quite the party animal and thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by so many amazing people:

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After Blend it was off to Sundance to celebrate my good friend’s birthday (they were in town for a wedding ((they live in the Bay Area)).  

PS once upon a time (when I was 20 maybe?) I climbed that mountain in the back (Mt. Timpanogos).  I think I was sore for a full month after that hike.

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The best omelet of my entire life.  I am convinced that they included a stick of butter in that thing because it was so crispy and delicious.  I will be back for more.

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After this marathon (ON SATURDAY… AHHHHHHH) I will be taking a few weeks off and then getting back to work to start training for the St. George Marathon.  I will be figuring out what type of training plan/method I will be doing soon so I wanted to hear from you guys about where you get your training plans for races! 

For my first marathon my aunt sent me a training plan that she got from Smart Coach and you can find that plan HERE!

After I ran my first marathon I just kept up with long runs and stayed in marathon shape and then did my 2nd and 3rd (my personal record) marathons that same year.  For the NYCM Marathon I worked with my physical therapist to come up with a plan because I was coming back from an injury.  I didn’t have a lot of time to train for NYCM and I was just wanting to complete the marathon, not race it. 

Having a running coach was awesome and I saw huge improvements (he sent me my plan for the week each week).  For this marathon I did the plan that my running friends were doing because we are all about the same pace and running with people has become my favorite part about running. 

Hal Higdons has great plans, so do books like the one below (for beginners), Run Less Run Faster and the Hanson’s Marathon Method!

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Oh, and Brooke wanted to give you a flower today.  

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Where do you find your training plans?  Which ones have worked for you the best in the past?  The worst?

What are you training for right now?  Or are you just working out to work out and enjoy that more than training for something?

Favorite omelet add-ins?

-Ham, cheese, peppers and mushrooms.  


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That’s so cool that you brought Brooke with you! Looks like she had a blast!

Currently I’m training for a 10k (well it’s this weekend) and gaining speed in general. Speed workouts alternating with much easier recovery runs than I’m used to is working out well!

I usually browse training plans but mainly put together my own since then it’s totally tailored to what I want/need.

Countdown to marathon!

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I really love posts that are full of Brooke’s photos :) I m pregnant and it makes me really happy.

Omelet with bacon, mushrooms and some dill

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Your friend’s black and white dress with gold belt looks really pretty!

I have had a coach for both of my half marathons and now for my marathon. I like the accountability of having a coach, plus I like that planning my runs is one less thing I have to do in a busy day :) I always think that sounds kind of silly because how hard is planning a run, but I always run after work and my brain is usually fried by then! haha I’ve heard good things about Smart Coach!

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I have always used Hal Hidgon’s plan, but very loosely. I follow it by getting in 2-3 shorts runs during the week and then my long run either on Saturday or Sunday and I only go up 1 mile at a time. I’ve only trained for half marathons so far and I’ve found what works best for me, but once I start training for a marathon then I will definitely follow a plan more closely.

I love avocado, cheddar cheese, and tomatoes in my omelets!

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I am just starting to train for a fall marathon and I will be using Runners Connect for my plan. I have used them for my first two half marathons and have been pretty happy with the plans. I’m a little worries about training through the summer heat (it just started getting hot here in Boston). Any hot weather running tips?
Love the pics of Brooke with the baby! So cute.

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Since I don’t race, my training plan is balanced around running, swimming, biking & weights :) Just enough of each one.

If you come to Boulder, I would love if you had a meet up!
I am not a blogger but would love to meet the girl behind the blog I love so much.

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My first training plan I made up myself just adding a mile to my long run and three shorter runs. I wanted to go faster and feel stronger for my second half (the NYC half) so I signed up for a NYRR Training plan.it was amazing!! Totally catered to me and adjusted my goal pace as I logged my runs and efforts! Half #3 I signed up for a runners world plan and enjoyed it too! I think I need to
Invest in a coach next time now! :)

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Did you use just the Virtual Trainer or did you use the full-on e-coaching? I’m thinking about using it for NYCM.

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I did the Virtual Trainer. You still have access to coaches via the forums and you can download the program to your phone for easy access! It’s awesome!! Good luck with the NYCM!!! That’s definitely on my bucket list!

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That Elmo tank…PLEASE tell me where that’s from. I would love to get Gabriella like an xxs small or something. Or I’ll wear it on her birthday for her…she would be in heaven!

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I have my training plan from runcoach.com and I love it! I used Smart Coach for my first half marathon, and then runcoach for my second and third. Now, I’m training for my first marathon with the same system and I seriously love it! It includes all workouts, from long to easy runs, tempo and speed, and days for cross-training.

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Have you heard of strengthrunning.com? You may have heard of it already, but Jason Fitzgerald, who runs the site has tons of free strength training/injury prevention resources and he also writes training plans (I’m sure for a certain price)! I am recovering from an injury right now and I have been using a bunch of the strength training routines he has on there! I haven’t tried out his training plans, but I’m sure they would be very mindful of injury prevention!

I love Oiselle!! They are definitely one of my favorite running companies :) Looks fun!

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Oh my gosh I am totally attending BLEND next year in Boulder!!!

I’m in half marathon training now…fun summer ones and more serious in the fall.

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Now I’m totally starving thinking about yummy good omelets! My favorite additions are cheese, spinach, mushroom and onions.
I love making my own training plans, I really enjoy the process of planning and figuring everything out. At first I took a lot of ideas and tips from training plans online, like which types of runs to do, how to increase distance, etc., but now I’m confident on the knowledge I have so I just make everything up myself. Let’s see how that goes when I run my first marathon!

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I’ve really liked Hal Higdon’s plans… for my pr half I used his intermediate program.

Not really training for anything atm, unless you take into consideration I’ll be having a baby in November. Just running to stay active/healthy… and I would suffer from endorphin withdrawal if I didn’t. :)

My grandpa made the best omlets!! He’d throw any kind of cheese in… sausage or bacon and what ever veggies he could pick fresh from his garden. Those were the good ole’ days. :)

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Also, you HAVE to go to the Dushanbe Tea House while in Boulder – DELICIOUS!!!

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I love working with a coach – takes all of the guess work out and she can help tweak and adjust things based on my feedback. I also love that she only releases a week at a time – I used to get so caught up in the mental trap of needing to complete whatever plan I was using to a “t” – of course I could do more but never less ;) lol – the crazy side of a type a I guess! So this time – to avoid injury and to stay on the path of improvement I’m working around my neurotic tendencies :) so far so good!

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I’ve loosely followed a training plan that was included in my race information packet. I modify it based upon my schedule, but try to run the recommended number of miles. A local running group follows the same schedule and provides water for long runs. I plan on doing all my long runs with the group. Good luck next Saturday!

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I use the training program by Dr. Marius Bakken; it’s a 100 day program for 2:30 to beginners (each program schedule is specific to your selected completion time). I stumbled upon it when I was getting ready to train for my first marathon. I love it, because every run is different and it includes speed work, long runs and everything in between. I’ve been using it ever since. I hope you find one that works for you and good luck with your Saturday race!
http://www.marathontrainingschedule.com
~Bre

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I am not training, I just enjoy doing my own thing and working out on a regular schedule. Looks like your weekend was a blast!

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I like Hal Higdon’s plans the best. I’ve only done one full marathon, but I wish I used his training plan vs. the random one I used because it didn’t give me a great outline.
Brooke is getting so big! She’s beautiful:)
Blend looks like such a blast, I totally want to go next year!

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For anyone out there who might be (1) slow (2) work fulltime + kids, I have found that a mash up of Hal’s plan with Run Less, Run Faster got me through my first half marathon. I only ran 3x a week and **tried** for cross training one day a week. I used the RLRF track run plan but used the Hal tempo/long run. It worked really well!

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I never really used a true training plan for my running. For my first half marathon, I just gradually increased my long runs in order to run the 13.1 distance. Since then, I keep up my routine and can run a half basically whenever. I would think I would need a more formal plan though if I were to ever decide to run a marathon (which I have no plans on doing at the moment)….Blend looked so fun, hope I can make it next year!

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I used the Hanson’s marathon method for my last marathon, which is my PR. I liked it alot but I used one of the custom plans that went up to 60 miles/week and I think I went just a little past what I could handle at the time and came close to an injury. If I followed it again I would modify it more based on how I’m feeling.
I used “run less run faster” for one of my half marathons which is my PR. I added more easy days than it recommends because I felt like I needed more mileage.
Glad to hear you plan to run on Saturday!!

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So far I’ve combined training plans because I was training for a duathlon or bike race at the same time as a half. The past couple weeks I’ve been using the typical training plan with tempo runs and easy runs but adding a few days of hill work to strengthen my legs to prevent injury running downhill. Most of utah a half and marathons seem to be downhill!

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For my first couple of marathons I used the plans on coolrunning.com for beginner and intermediate marathoners. After that I felt like I had a good feel for what works for me, so I’ve basically just made my own training plans since then.

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Aww I love how Brooke is such a friendly/happy kid! :) And Boulder sounds like an awesome place for the next Blend retreat!

I find my training plans online and just tweak them a bit to work for my schedule… I love followiong a plan that includes 4 days of running, a few cross-training days, and 2 full rest days!

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Not training for anything right now. Just finished my first 50m ultra on Saturday. Will give myself a few weeks of XT and easy running recovery and then I’ll jump back in to train for my next 50 and my first triathlon! I usually just make my own plans based on a compilation of stuff I find on the internet, books, and advice from more seasoned runners. Then I take the best of all of them and turn it into something that works for my needs.

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I’ve pretty much always used Hal Higdon’s plans. I tweak them a little to fit my schedule, but they have worked well for me.

I’m semi-training for a 1/2 in August. I’m super not motivated right now but it’s part of a series and I would like to finish all 3 of them.

Favorite omelet add-ins: mushrooms, avocado, and jalapeños.

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I always work out just because I love it and it keeps me sane! I do a lot of races too bit sign up at the last minute. I don’t like to commit! But now I’m training for my first triathlon and of course I haven’t committed to one yet. ;)

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I am starting the Pfitz 18/70 plan today for Chicago!

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I actually got my last marathon plan from Danica at Chicrunner.com. She was doing a marathon in a month, as was I and I followed hers (because she had way more experience than me). It actually worked out well for me. Right now I’m kind of following this local runners group schedule (my friend is a member). I’m hoping it works out for me and I can stay healthy and injury free.

I’m training for the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon in October… I signed up for it because I wanted to BQ… little did I know that running a marathon on a whim would allow me to qualify for 2015… I’m hoping that this fall marathon will qualify me for 2016.

I ONLY eat egg white omlets… but I always add LOTS of cheese, peppers and onions and dip it in ketchup…

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Right now my goal for running is to just enjoy it and to be intuitive with my workout plan. I’m not training for anything, I just like to compete with myself. Some days I’ll add in an extra mile because I feel great, others I do my full distance a little slower because my legs just aren’t in the zone. But I ALWAYS feel great when I’m done!

That omelet looks amazing- you always have the best food!

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I use a mix of Hal higdon novice and the basic plan that New York road runners has on their site. It’s pretty basic with 4 days of running and one cross train day.

I’m currently supposed to be training for the San Francisco marathon. I got injured right after the New Jersey marathon and have been biking waiting for the ok to run again. But I am in a tough spot as I will not have time to train properly so I might have to drop back to the half. :(

I love lox and cream cheese and onion in my omelette! So good.

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Blend looked like so much fun!! For my first half marathon I followed one of Hal Higdon’s plans. Ever since then I have just combined several different plans depending on my time and how I was feeling. Right now I’m training for a triathlon so I’m training based on past experience plus combining plams
My omelet must have cheese, onions, peppers, and bacon! Mmm

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I’m not really training for anything in particular right now, but I’m just trying different things and see where I end up in a few months.

I love tomatoes, onions, and fresh basil in my eggs.. so good!

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I am training for my first marathon (Chicago) and signed up for virtual training through Chicago Endurance Sports. In the past I’ve used Smart Coach and loved it, because it figures out your paces for you. I’ve had problems with injury though, so now I’m trying to run by feel and just get to the start line!

I’m excited to see how your marathon goes on Saturday! Good luck!!

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I usually search online and then tweak the ones that I think are the best to fit my schedule. I have only done this with half marathons, but am running my first full in December so have been searching for a good one to use!

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Already missing you and Brooke! It was so great to meet you this weekend and get to know you better! I’m also still laughing at that Elmo Facetime App, that is the best thing ever.

And for my marathon training plan I used Hal Higdon’s Novice Plan since that’s what my marathon training group was using!

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When I first started running, I did C25k to her myself going, then used Hal Hidgon’s beginner plan to up my mileage. Now I just kind of create my own plan based on the recommendations of a few different training plans. I like to create my own because I find that a lot of training plans include a lot of “junk” miles and I try to streamline my training as much as possible and make sure it’s efficient so I don’t cause any injuries.

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I usually go with running room programs for the half marathon although the last two I did I just kinda “winged it”. I’m taking a couple weeks off from training then I’m getting back into it for a October half which I hope to PR in.

Good luck on Saturday!!!

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I just wrote about how I’ll be using Hal Higdons guide for my next half mare! This is my first time following a training plan so I’m interested to see how I do.

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I BQ’d in March with a plan based on Greg McMillan’s book YOU Only Faster. He has great info, templates & examples plus lots of explanation so you can customize. I’m using the same approach for my next marathon, Baystate (Lowell MA) in Oct.

Omelet: mushrooms & grilled artichoke hearts (& when I still ate dairy, goat cheese)

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Right now I am training for a 12 miler and a half marathon. I’m using Hal Higdon’s novice 1 plan! I’ve had to tweak it a little, but I’m sure it will do. I’m running these races just to complete them, then I’ll probably use Hal Higdon’s novice 2 for my next half to get more speedy!

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I’ve only really ever used one training plan, and that was Hal’s half marathon one. In my head I’m working towards a sub 45:00 10k and another half marathon but I haven’t committed to any races yet!

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The best omelet I’ve eaten was from Ted’s Bakery on Oahu! So yummy. Ham, peppers, onions, cheese and Hawaiian bread and hash browns on the side.

I’ve used some running plans from coolrunning.com

Right now, I’m hoping to be 10k ready mid-July and maybe a half in September and a full marathon the beginning of next year.

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I’ve done Hal Higdon’s before but for my fall races I am doing the one in the Hanson’s Method! That retreat looks like so much fun!!! That is awesome Brooke got to go with you!!

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I have followeda smart coach plan in the past. I think i’m going to use one of those, and a little of “advanced marathoning” to customize one for me for my October Marathon :)

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I am starting a McMillian training plan on June 16th. I have used the smart coach and my PR is with the Runner’s World Challenge plan. I am getting ready to train for the Lehigh Valley Marathon. I am also running NYC marathon this year (guaranteed entry from 2012). I can’t wait!!!!

I LOVE tomatoes, cheese, peppers and spinach in my omelets.

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Avocado is the best omelet add in ever!

I usually kind of wing my training plans; it makes things more exciting. I’m not training right now, but I did just order my sneakers so I’m ready to run as soon as I’m medically cleared!

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I usually just browse plans online until I find one that seems to fit my goals, abilities, and upcoming race. That seems to work best! I usually end up tweaking them to fit what I need.

I just started official “training” for Dallas Marathon in December. My goal is to PR by 20 minutes (sub 4) so I’m trying to get a leg up and toughen myself up with these crazy hot summer runs. I’ve also got a midnight 25k called El Scorcho coming up on July 15th, so I’m working on prepping for that too!

Oh man, the best omelet I’ve ever had was a “Bacado” omelet. Just lots of good bacon, cheese, egg and TONS of avocado! Add some onions and yummy salsa and I am one happy girl.

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That omelet sounds amazing!

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It’s INCREDIBLE! The trick is using REALLY good bacon :)

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I’m currently training for a Spartan Race!! Which means, I’m not really training too much haha I’m probably just going to wing it. And omg, that picture at the end, Love It!!! So cute!

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I like the Hal Hidgon ones too. Being a beginner, I love the basic steps of his plans although I’m going to be adding some speed work soon.
I’m not training for anything just yet, but I have a 15k coming up in August that I’m hoping to do a lot better than I did last year and then another half marathon in October. I’m hoping that my 15k training plan will just meld into my half plan.

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Hi Janae – what happened to that giveaway with your running coach? I know someone was selected and I thought there were going to be updates? I can’t remember how long ago that was!

That retreat looks awesome.

I’m headed to Sundance in July!

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I’ve had really great success using the Nike training plans from Nike Run Coach on facebook. They have plans for 10K, 1/2 marathon, and marathon; and they are split out by beginner, intermediate, and advanced. I’ve PR’ed in the 1/2 and marathon (BQ’ed…woot!!!) using the advanced plans. They are fun and different, and I loved the challenge! Can’t wait to see what type of plan you go with for St. George!

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Right now I guess I’m training for a photo shoot. I made a long term goal about 6 years ago to be my fittest self yet at 40 and to get myself a photo shoot for my 40th birthday. I’ve only got 4 months left to go!

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Was that an elmo tank that girl had on in the picture because if it was, I need that!

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What a fun retreat! Brooke is seriously the cutest thing ever! I have only ever trained for a half marathon, but I used a beginners training plan from marathon rookie that I loved. It was a 10 week plan and worked perfectly for me. I felt totally prepared for the race, and was well rested the week before. I am getting ready to train for my second half marathon and I am feeling pretty excited about it :) I love adding spinach, jalapeños, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and pretty much any yummy veggie to my omelets :)

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I usually look at a bunch of training plans and then take a bit from each and create my own plan. Although I have only completed one marathon and I am nowhere near your speed, I think it works for me……….obviously it does bc I just set a PR on a very hilly course (VERY hilly) outside Nashville, TN……………a half marathon in 1:59:13………..I beat my time last year by 4 minutes and I came in under 2 hours!!!!! This is a big deal for me! Did I mention the course was hilly?

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The Blend retreat sounds so awesome. I actually live in Denver now, so Boulder is only a 30 minute drive!! Totally think I should go next year! I even have a guest room if you need somewhere to stay ;)

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Brooke is so cute! And I cannot wait to hear about your marathon :)

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I was going to say Hal higdons or the Hansen method. But you know them ;-) McMillan marathoning is something to look into. Want to train for St Geezy with me a few says a week? ;-)

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Yesssssssssssssssssssssssss

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For the first full mary training plan, I went with Hal. I’m trying pete pfitzinger marathon plan…I’ll give your aunts a peek. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and yesterday I switched from Big Cottonwood full to Ventura Full. After finances and time away, it made more sense. Our chance meeting will have to wait =). Have a great day, stay blessed!

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When I ran my first Half I used Hal Higdon’s plan. LOVED it! Right now I’m training for a “mini” all women triathlon called Rocketchix. 200 yard swim, 12 mi. bike, 2 mi. run.

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I’ve always really liked used the runnersworld.com training plans that are geared towards the time goal I want to reach. They have always worked for me! For my first marathon I used the Break 3:30 marathon plan and qualified for Boston. Then I trained for a half marathon using the Break 1:35 plan and came in at 1:34:54 :) Now I am currently training for the Break 3:15 marathon plan so we’ll see how that one goes!

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I’m doing the Chicago Marathon in October, but right now I’m training for a half in july, and hoping to PR. I’m getting near the end of the Hansons plan for the half, and it has been AWESOME. No injuries, and I’ve really, really upped my speed over long distances. I just did Ragnar Chicago and was really pleased with my performance, which is totally due to the Hansons plan. I just love how it has the 3 key runs (like RLRF), but also lots of truly easy mileage, which I love. I’m training for the marathon with a group using Hal Higdon, but I think I might just do Hansons for the marathon, too.

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For my first marathon I did the Runner’s World Run 3 Days a week training. I’m thinking of doing the Kara Goucher Marathon training next that my friend did for her 4th marathon this year. She had a HUGE PR and would’ve gotten into Boston by 7 mins.

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After reading everyone’s posts about Blend I really want to go next year! Now that I know its going to be in Colorado I REALLY want to go! My sister lives there and I love visiting her!

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I’m using a plan from McMillan Running (I also have a coach through them, but you can get just a personalized plan without coaching). I really love the variety of workouts. I’ve improved a lot since using them, although I’m not as speedy as you. However, they have a bunch of clients who have been having truly phenomenal results. My coach with them is Emily Harrison, who came in something like 14th in the last Olympic trials for the marathon and she’s an amazing Ultrarunner.

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I recently ran the Boston Marathon and did so on a 3 day a week plan, it worked great for me so I could really focus on a lot of cross training so I didn’t get injured! It kept my weekly mileage manageable and I really liked it a lot. I worked with a coach, which I think was really beneficial too. They often know better than me what I can and can’t handle (realistically!!)

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Hi Sara! Would you mind if I asked what you did for cross training, and whether they were hard-effort cross training sessions? I’m following a 3 day plan for my half marathon in August but I’m not exactly sure what I should be doing for the non-running days.

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Hi Laura,

I taught Group Power (BodyPump) 1x a week, did spin 1x a week at a hard effort (simulating speed work) and did yoga 2x a week (vinyasa flow.) I have tried a few different programs before and this one worked best for me and I felt stronger and didn’t get injured like I have in the past when I focused almost solely on running. I felt really strong going into my marathon and PR’d. Good luck!

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This is great info, thank you! And congrats on the PR :)

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Blend looks like so much fun!!! I definitely want to go next year! :)

xo

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Blend needs to come to CA (or I need to win the lotto) :) I used Hal Higdon for my first half marathon! I loved it! Right now I’m training for a 10K race in July. I’m excited cause I’ve only done 5K’s and Half Marathons!

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I’m so excited that the Blend Retreat is held in Boulder next year, so I can be local!

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Yay for marathon week!! I usually use a Runner’s World training plan. I do a lot of sports during the week, so I mostly focus on keeping up with long runs. I’m actually not training for anything right now which is nice. I signed up for another half in October though.

I love omlets! Bacon, mushroom, and spinach are my favorite add-ins.

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For my first half and full I used the plan from the Running Room and it was great.
I decided to try Hanson’s for my ultra but it wasn’t for me. Physically I can handle the mileage, but mentally I can’t run 6 days a week.
Now I’m training for the Las Vegas Ragnar, but as an ultra team, so I’m trying to determine the best training schedule.

Ahhh! Blend! Yes, I will be there next year :)
Well, provided it doesn’t interfere with the marathon I’m doing in June :)

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This post and responses really helps me as I’m training for my first full and need a plan. My goal is to simply finish. I’ve ran 4 halfs and a bunch of 5k and 10ks but a full is a whole other beast. I’ll be doing the Santa Barbara international a small marathon on Veterans Day. With 3 kids and a hubs I’m gonna combine Hal higdons and tweak it to my needs.

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Looks amazing! And I love your new hair!

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Thank you so much Meg!

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I hope to go to Blend next year! Brooke is SO cute. And that omelette looks like heaven.

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I’m loving your hair color, Janae! It looks so light in the sun!

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Thank you!!!!

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For my half marathon I used a Hal Higdon plan and loved it!

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I think it’s good you’re planning time off–I think for your body and minds sake you should take two weeks off exercise completely and rediscover other hobbies and stress coping mechanisms :) it’s hard for the first couple of days, but your body will thank you for the time you put no stress on it!

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I used Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 for my half marathons (2 to date). I still wasn’t confident about running my 2nd half so I stuck with the Novice 2. A week before the race, I was burned out. I will definitely choose a shorter training plan next time around.

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It was so great to meet you this weekend! Brooke is a doll and I will of course join you in Boulder next year!

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I have only run one marathon so far and followed a mix of Pfitzinger 18/55 and 18/70 plans. I wanted to peak at a bit more than 55 miles but didn’t want to push it to 70 since I was coming off of an injury going into my training. It worked out great for me as I ran my goal time at the marathon (3:10). It was a challenging plan but I knew that going into it and I got to the starting line feeling very confident in my goal pace (as you know confidence is key in addition to your training!). You can find it in the book Advanced Marathoning. I’m currently just keeping a good base of miles in preparation for next month when I start training for the Philly marathon. I also have some shorter races (5k, 10 mile, etc) in between now and then.

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I’m holding my breath for you and the marathon!

I love omelets. I loved them before I was Celiac. Eggs are so happy and I usually mix some broccoli and maybe some chicken in with it and top it with salsa and avocado. Happiness.

That child’s hair is incredible.

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Since I’ve never run more than a half, I’ve never used a training plan. But my husband ran the same half (he usually only does short runs 3-5 miles), I put him on the Hal Higdon training plan. He has also used it to train for the Army Ten Miler, and did well with both.

Blend sounds like so much fun!

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Looks like you both had a great time at the retreat!

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I have run 13 fulls and 12 half marathons and up until now I’ve really just used a mixture of plans I’ve found online or in books and made it to suit my schedule, body and brain. And it has worked – but I found myself in need of some motivation, or maybe I was just tired and needed someone else to do the thinking for me. I’ve had a coach for a number of years now, and used his guidance for the specifics of my speed and hill workouts (but I decided when I would do them, etc) – but for the last 3 months I’ve relied on him to tell me everything. And it’s good. Am feeling fast and strong these days. Am focusing on the half distance right now and wanting to break my pb for it that I set in 2007! lol!

I want the same things as you in my omelette!!

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Looks like you and Brooke had such a great time! I’m not training for anything at the moment. I’m just working out for fun and personal improvement. :)

I like my omelet with ham, cheese, mushrooms, onion, and bell peppers!

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That mountain looks like a blast to climb! The omelet looks delicious!

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I had a coach for my last two marathons – Phoenix and Vancouver. I looooved having a coach because she pushed me to run at paces I never thought were even possible to me. I felt like having her helped me see a lot of potential in myself. I have dealt with injuries in the past and was a bit worried running two marathons so close to each other but she tailored my plan accordingly and everything actually worked out really awesome!

I have a half in August and a full in October that I’ll be getting serious about really soon :)

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I thought “Run Less Run Faster” sounded pretty awesome, so I read the book and followed the plan for about a month. Well, I think it probably works best for those who do a LOT of running to start with (even though it has novice/intermediate plans)… because I was running MORE and running SLOWER than I usually do on a Hal Higdon plan! Ugh!

I do think RLRF would be really great for someone like you Janae! Or me eventually, after I’ve got a few more years under my belt.

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Friend- let me know when you find a good plan. I’ll copy you (at a much slower pace obviously). I’m lost and trying to come up with one on my own. Ha ha.

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Right now I’m still in the C25k clan. Therefore good to read what others are doing and recommending (for future reference). Seems like lots of people had success with Hal Higdon’s plans.

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I am running the NYC marathon this year and I am using the online plan from Coach Jenny at jennyhadfield.com I’ve read the Runners Workd big book of marathon and half marathon training and I used it loosely to run my first half in 2012. I was just starting to run then and it was a great resource.
I love omelettes with lots of veggies – mushroom, spinach, peppers and cheese.

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I train best when I only run 3-4 times per week and strength train on the other days. I have a friend who just ran a 3:30 marathon with yoga 6-7 times/week and one run per week!

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For my first and second half marathon, I roughly followed a Hal Higdon training plan that I saw on another blog. For my third, I kind of just did my own thing. I’m thinking about running a half this fall, so I’m on the lookout for some possible plans to follow!

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The retreat looks like so much fun! Do you know of any blogger/fitness retreats in the East or Midwest? I would love to attend one some day.

My perfect omelet would be full of sausage, cheese, peppers, avocado, and salsa. YUM.

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I can’t get over how tall and adorable Brooke is! You better be careful, she’s gonna be a heartbreaker for sure!!

I’m not training for anything right now, mainly because I’m busy with school and it is 20,000 degrees outside (clearly I love cooler climates, ha!), but I have this crazy idea that I would love to do a triathlon! Maybe in the next couple of years…gotta get a bike, haha! I’ve never been a cycler (except for spin classes) and I think I would really love it! If RunDisney had a triathlon – I would be marking off 2 things on my bucket list!

My favorite add in’s for omelets are cheese, those frozen veggie patties and artichokes! And I love having a side of cottage cheese with my omelets, I feel really fancy when I add that to the meal.

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I have loosely followed the plan from Run Like a Mother (or is it Train Like a Mother?) and I ran 4 days a week diligently and PRd at my half in early May, yay! Still trying to get faster as I get older. :)

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I like the Hal Higdon plans. I followed it much closer for my last half but I haven’t done a full yet. I still think I will use one of his plans if I decide to upgrade from the half to the full in January for RNR New Orleans.

My favorite omelets have American cheese, scallions, mushrooms and ham.

PS. I love your blog!

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Please do a meet up if you come to Boulder next summer! That would be awesome!

I have followed a half-marathon plan from about.com, but I have also not followed one and finished in just about the same amount of time.

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Right now I use a training plan I bought off of http://www.TrainingPeaks.com, training for my second Ironman. I’ve used plans off of there for a half ironman, full ironman, and half marathon. I absolutely LOVE them!!
I’ve also used Hal Higdon’s for half’s and fulls and it works fine too.
I don’t think I’ve ever had an omlette either- maybe I need to branch out and try one! ;)

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I randomly found a training plan on Pinterest. Mistake. I stuck to it religiously, and it didn’t give me enough gradual build-up of miles when training for my first marathon. Result: Stress fracture.

Next time, I think I will do more research into Jeff Galloway’s ideas. He is the run-walk-run supporter, and I ended up making it through the marathon with an injury by following his ideas. Kind of controversial, but with my weak shins, I will have to trust him. :)

Right now, I’m just training for the feel of it. I am, however, working toward my new year’s resolution of doing a full pull-up!

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I used Hal Higdon’s half marathon training plan, and I loved it! I always have a Hal Higdon training program as a I guide for my training even if I’m not training for any kind of race in particular.

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I have used SmartCoach, Runner’s World Challenge, and a plan from the book Marathoning for Mortals for my half marathons. So far, the SmartCoach one has worked the best for me!

I just ran the half marathon I have been training for on Saturday – I beat my PR by over 9 minutes! :)

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I would want to go just to hold Brooke!

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Just an idea: many coaches create one-off individualised training plans for specific goals. These are cheaper than having full-time coaching and receiving instructions week by week. They look at your strengths and weaknesses, goals, injury history, and come up with a plan just for you. I think that would work out well for you if you dropped your coach for monetary reasons, because while your friends may be the same level as you running-wise, your body is not the same, and I think that likely played a part in why you became injured. Whether you run this particular marathon or put it all into St George, I wish you all the very best!

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I was curious…are you still working with your running coach? If not, do you wish you would’ve stuck with him? I had a coach for a bit but gave it up to run with my friends. I wasn’t as fast, but my happiness level increased dramatically, which is probably more important.

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Oh my goodness, my picture made it on your blog! I’m honored :) (also that picture of Brooke and Porter is down right adorable!) Thank you for letting me snuggle Brooke, even though I was probably so annoying! I will babysit and feed her Healthy Bites any day of the week – haha! It was such a pleasure to meet both of you! <3

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I love Pete pfitzinger’s Advanced Marathoning. His periodization method really worked for me; roughly a month base building, a month threshold focus, a month race sharpening, and then taper. You can choose your mileage, peaking anywhere between 55-100.

Hal Higdon’s plans didn’t work so well for me. I’m sure it would for a lot of people, but I thrive on higher mileage.

Whatever you choose, I’m sure you will rock it!

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I got my first training plan on marathonrookie.com and after the first half and marathon I did I would mostly stick to the same plan since it worked for me, but then kind of wing it by adding in extra miles if I felt really good or taking miles or work outs out if I was feeling worn out or if I am just too busy with life.

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I’ve never done a full but for my halves I followed Hal Higdon for the first and then just tried to maintain a good base for my others. I’ve loosely followed his plans for each but mostly just for my long runs each week!

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I create my training plans on MyAsics.com I put in my goal date and time and bam I have a running schedule. It’s been great for me so far and getting me going training for my first 1/2 at the end of August.

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I used Hanson’s for my first marathon, last month! I loved have doable mileage; went with the beginner plan even though I’ve been running 4 years. I did have a light hamstring pull the last couple weeks. Cured by stem heat, massage and an adjustment! It was a tough road/trail course with 1000 ft gain and I finished in 4:17:05 I’ll be continuing with Hanson’s!

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I used Jeff Galloway’s plan for my first half marathon and my first full. For me, it made them both seem more attainable (running that long without walking seemed really impossible). Since then, I use his stuff as a guideline but with more running (I usually only walk through the water stops).

I’ve decided to use the FIRST training plan for my next (12th? 13th? marathon — I can’t remember). It’s a “train less, run faster” program with a lot of cross training and very specific workouts.

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Are you still planning a trip north for Rock n Roll Seattle? Regarding plans, I usually go with good ol’ Hal Higdon!

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I’ve used a lot of plans from Another Mother Runner. They work we’ll with my kids, and life. I started the marathon plan this week.

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