Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary FIRST Training Program (Runners World)
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!!