6.07.2006

Back on schedule

Goodbye Galloway. Hello Hal.
While I was toying with the Galloway training regimen available for free off the MCM site, with (things I liked) daily email reminders, four days/week running plan, long runs of 26 miles, an online log and calendar, I was not hitting the groove. I prefer to run long on Sundays not Saturdays. I hate to run on Mondays (who does?). I will not walk. The online log and calendar did not have functionality to suit me.
So Jeanne referred me to Higdon's site and I felt at home. The intermediate plans are more like what I followed for my first marathon training and maybe not quite so harrowing. The long runs are not one steady climb from 10 to 20 miles. I look forward to the rollback weekend runs of lesser miles than the week before which precede the next ascent. I can deal with three 20s and maybe cheat them up if I feel good enough. I can cut and paste the plans into my Dead Runners Society spreadsheet.
So I ran three easy miles Tuesday and have five today and three tomorrow. Those are on the David training plan because Hal's doesn't start for a few more weeks and I can build up to that in the meantime. So we're back on a schedule.

11 comments:

Michelle said...

glad you found something that suits YOU.

Jank said...

If you've got a plan, breakingthetape.com does a good online log.

nikerunning.com has a really sweet looking log if you've got a quick 'puter.

21st Century Mom said...

I prefer Higdon myself but I have a 3rd option for you that has you running only 3 days a week. The catch is that they are all relatively hard runs. This is the No Junk Miles plan. I'm going to use a hybrid version of this plan but with some serious hill work since my marathon course includes some serious hills.

Anne said...

I've always had success (either a PR or an injury-free race at least) using Hidgon's programs. They are designed for normal people with lives outside running. I hope you do well using it.

Joe said...

Dittos on the kudos for Higdon's plans, David. I've been using them for both my marathon and half marathons for about 18 months now. Very do-able and I've been well set for each race. As you have discovered, his intermediate marathon plan would probably be right for you for MCM. I'm using it for Portland on Oct 1, so I'll just be a few weeks ahead of you through the summer and fall.

Bex said...

You're right - the MCM online training plan just doesn't cut it. I'll be curious to see what my club's marathon training program will do ....k

Susan said...

yeah, rollback weekends are good!

runnergirl said...

I'm glad you found something that you think will suit you. Sometimes it's hard to know just what the right combo is!

april anne said...

Best of luck with Hal!

Rae said...

Tons of people use Hal and do great. I'm going to add some rollback weeks into my sched this time too!! I think that would help from training burnout in a big way.

jeanne said...

geeze if i'm so clever, why aren't I using higdon?!?! nooooo, i had to go with the dc road runner's INSANE plan!! next time, i should really listen to myself!