Race Training Plans

This page serves as proof of my complete addiction to training plans and schedules! I typically follow two training plans a year to train for a spring race and a fall race.  I like variety, so expect to see new training plans added here in the future! Here are the plans I’ve used so far:

Fall 2012 – Marathon #1!

I used the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon Plan (original plan is here) to train for my very first marathon (Towpath).  I found the plan very doable because there was no speedwork involved and it eased me into the long runs – the first long run is only 6 miles, and you don’t hit double digits till week 5! I followed the plan to the letter (I missed only 1 run out of the 72) and it got me to my goal of finishing the race :)

Plan Stats

Length: 18 weeks

Runs per week: 4

Average weekly mileage: 26 miles

Highest mileage week: Week 15 with 40 miles

Spring 2013 – Half Marathon

After the marathon, I decided I wanted to run another race and train through the winter, but I wasn’t ready for another marathon yet.  So I picked a half in March and used the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Half Marathon Plan (original plan is here) to train for the NY 13.1 Marathon.  I followed the plan pretty closely, but also added speedwork twice a week in the form of intervals and tempos to keep it interesting!

Plan Stats

Length: 12 weeks

Runs per week: 4

Average weekly mileage: 18 miles

Highest mileage week: Week 11 with 23 miles

Fall 2013 – 2 Half Marathons

In the fall of 2013, after making the decision to switch my October marathon to a half, I used the Hal Higdon Intermediate Half Marathon Plan (original plan is here) to train for Long Beach and a few other races.  I actually found it pretty hard to stick to 5 days of running a week, and often ended up skipping a run or subbing a run with the elliptical/ bike.  While I felt that I had “mastered” and “graduated” from the earlier plans I followed, I found this plan to be pretty challenging and will definitely use it again!

Plan Stats

Length: 12 weeks

Runs per week: 5

Average weekly mileage: ~22 miles (made estimates for speedwork mileage)

Highest mileage week: Week 10 with ~29 miles (made estimates for speedwork mileage)

Spring 2014 – Marathon #2

My obsession with Hal Higdon’s plans continues! I used the Hal Higdon Intermediate Marathon Plan (original plan is here) to train for Pittsburgh in May.  It required more running than the Novice plan I followed for my first marathon – it had 5 days of running a week, first long run was 8 miles, and it incorporated two 20 mile runs.  I modified it to add speedwork twice a week because I love switching up my runs.  I felt very prepared for the marathon with the 2- 20 milers.

Plan Stats

Length: 18 weeks

Runs per week: 5

Average weekly mileage: 33 miles

Highest mileage week: Week 11 with 44 miles

Do you follow training plans? Do you make up your own or find one online?

2 thoughts on “Race Training Plans

  1. Rachel

    I followed the Hal Higdon Novice 1 marathon training plan for my first full marathon which was the 2013 Rock and Roll Marathon in DC in March. I followed the plan pretty closely…I was not able to fit in every run, but managed to finish my first marathon and met my goal of finishing in under 4 hours with a time of 3:56! I am considering doing the Philadelphia Marathon in November and am planning to follow the Novice 2 plan. I would like to incorporate some speed work, but will definitely need to do some research on some training techniques and strategies.

    1. Dawn H.

      That’s an awesome first marathon time! I’m hoping to get close to 4 hrs with my second marathon. Good luck training for Philly! Hopefully the summer temps will be mild this year. I highly recommend tempo runs; they’re great for teaching your body to run at a slightly uncomfortable pace for a few miles, which has the effect of increasing your endurance. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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