Starting the training plans!

February 13th seems so far away. As I started looking at what I wanted to use for a training plan, I came across the FIRST Half Marathon training program. I originally saw it in a runners world email I got about a book called...

I read the summaries on the book and the reviews. Most of the reviews raved about the program, and then a fellow blogger (Thanks Manderz!) also told me she is using the program to train for her first marathon.

The program focuses on having 3 quality runs a week, and incorporating cross training to avoid injury & burnout. I really like the idea. In the past, I've run 4-5 days a weeks training for half marathons and eventually end up skipping a bunch of runs from burn out. After going to the FIRST website, I saw the training schedule started at 18 weeks. February 13, 2011(Rock N Roll New Orleans) is 18 weeks away, go figure!

So HERE is the program I am going to follow. I don't have a track to practice on & honestly have no idea what those 400m, 800m whatever mean. I googled it, and it seems to be about a half mile for 800m, so I can just work that on the treadmill during the week. I'll keep my long runs planned for outdoors on the weekend.

Tomorrow I start, wish me luck! As always, advice is appreciated!!


The Green Girl said...

I am extremely intrigued by this program. I've heard nothing but good things about it so I am anxious to hear how it goes for you.

Best of luck to you, girl!

track coach and adorable wife said...

Yeah, it sounds awesome! Keep us posted and good luck!

Rae said...

Good luck! You'll do great!

Manderz said...

Good luck!! I can't wait to read about your training!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

oohhh..good post! I've never heard of this program before but I'm going to check it out - 4 to 5 days of running is too much for me too!

Good luck with your training ;)