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Old 07-18-2008, 08:09 AM
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Runners...opinions on Hal Higdon training plans?

I'm thinking of training for a half marathon in Phoenix (the Rock & Roll one!), and really liked the half marathon training plan by Hal Higdon. He doesn't have speedwork or tempo runs in the training, but as far as mileage, it looks great. The simplicity is what is appealing. I've run the 1/2 before, but it was over 5 years ago.
Has anyone used one of his plans for a long distance event?
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:47 AM
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I have not but you are AWESOME
I have wanted to run a half marathon for the longest time now, but architecture is super time intensive and it hasn't happened...
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:49 AM
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If you can manage 3 days a week, you're golden. You really only need one day where you're running for more than an hour (long run day).
I've read a bunch of good stuff about HH, but have usually used Jeff Galloway in the past. However, this year is going to be fairly stressfull with work, so I wanted a simple plan.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:09 AM
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I didn't follow it exactly, but my training for halfs were quite similar...2-3x runs during the week and a long weekend run.
I was also playing a high-intensity sport, so lots of sprinting for about 2h one day a week, and 1h yoga 2x a week.

I did find that my training was lacking in strengthening the core, so that is what I'm working on now.
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:17 PM
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I followed his beginning training plan when I ran my first marathon. I think it was fine and I did the entire plan with any injuries or setbacks. I did hit the proverbial wall at mile 20-ish which was to be expected as my longest training run was about 22 miles. I think you will be fine with the half. I have run lots of halfs and haven't had problems with hitting that wall like I have with full marys. It also depends if you are looking to finish comfortably or do you have a time goal in mind.
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:32 PM
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Awesome!

I don't know much about Hal because I have been using the FIRST program from runners world. I have managed to keep with it, improve and not injure myself so it's all good. Run 3 times a week, once intervals, once tempo and one long. They tell you how much to run and what pace - exactly what I need. It is supposed to get people ready for the Boston Marathon.



I tried Galloway, but didn't have a track to run his miracle mile on, so the speed charts in this book are great.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:04 PM
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A few years ago I used his marathon training program for around 10 weeks, but I had to stop because I got bronchitis. I really enjoyed it. I've had problems in the past with stress fractures in my feet, and the distances in his plan built up slowly enough that I didn't have any problems. I would do speedwork (usually 400s or 800s) and play soccer for the cross training days and it seemed to work well.
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:30 PM
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I don't know his plan. But I did the full San Diego Rock and roll marathon in 2003. I did it with team in training and we did a pretty structured training plan. With saturdays as our group long runs. That is what helped me get thru it was the group run. I could never motivate myself to go far enough on my own. I would never do another full marathon, but have been wanting to train for a half again.

Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:09 PM
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A few years ago I used his marathon training program for around 10 weeks, but I had to stop because I got bronchitis. I really enjoyed it. I've had problems in the past with stress fractures in my feet, and the distances in his plan built up slowly enough that I didn't have any problems. I would do speedwork (usually 400s or 800s) and play soccer for the cross training days and it seemed to work well.
That sucks... I got bronchitis a few days before the NYC marathon last year. Big disappointment. I still ran it and finished, just way slower than my goal time.
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