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I ran a marathon last weekend -- took it easy, so more as a training run than a normal marathon-- BUT I did take it easy all this week so my body would be ready for some tough training.<br><br>
But I'm not sure what tough training should be!<br><br>
My goal marathon is Tybee on February 02.<br><br>
I have no clue what to do heading up to it.<br><br>
I suppose I'll have to taper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> (I've never done a real taper in my life, and am NOT looking forward to it. I was reading in Runner's World that 2 weeks is actually better than 4 for a taper... and that the mileage drop doesn't have to be as severe. Fact?<br><br>
So, how should I go forward, roughly?<br><br>
I want to PR in Feb, which I'm sure I will, but I'd like it to be a nice PR. And I'll have no one to run with and I tend to lose focus and slow down when my body could handle more by myself so I'll have to work on that somehow.<br><br>
Any help much appreciated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I don't know what kind of training or mileage you did for your most recent marathon, but the book "Advanced Marathoning" by Pfitzinger includes some schedules for multiple marathons with reverse taper and training plans for 4, 6, 8, 10 etc. weeks between races. You could stop by a Barnes & Noble or Borders and browse through it.<br><br>
You'd maybe not following the specific training workouts or mileage to the letter, but it might give you an idea of how to rest, get a few good weeks, and then taper again.
 

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I am interested in comparing a few different plans and laying out something for myself for Boston 08. What do I have to play with?<br><br>
CoolRunning - Various plans and what I have used in the past. Runs on a two week cycle.<br><br>
BAA - 16 week program Rookie and Veteran.<br><a href="http://www.bostonmarathon.org/BostonMarathon/MarathonTraining.asp" target="_blank">http://www.bostonmarathon.org/Boston...onTraining.asp</a><br><br>
Higdon - Various plans. Website says sign up for free. Can't get past the payment page ?? !!<br><br>
Pfitzinger - Heard a lot about him. Any info out there?<br><br>
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KickRunners? - Half Marathon 12 week plan (by jcumming) (No full plan.)<br><a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10816" target="_blank">http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10816</a><br><br>
Ok what else.<br>
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Hey Pro,<br><br>
I've used Higdon in the past. This marathon I'm combining Pfitz's medium and high mileage plan. Several good plans around to use. Always adjust to our own level and don't be a slave to it.<br><br>
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ks,<br>
Are these Pfitz plans available? His website doesn't show them (unless I missed it).<br>
Could you post or email the medium/high plans?<br>
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Pro,<br>
I'll try to send you an email about the training schedules he has set up. I purchased his book and it gives detailed reasoning behind his workouts. It'll be late tonight or tomorrow b4 I can get it done.<br><br>
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Don't click on the "Free Programs" button in the "What's New" box on the homepage. Either scroll down the page and select the marathon programs or look to the left of the screen where it says "Training Programs" and select "marathon". You should be able to see all the programs and print them out.
 

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Re: Pfitz<br><br>
I am using the 24 week under 70 plan right now. My DH has used his plans repeatedly and has advised me to knock down to the 55 mpw plan during the taper. He does the same (over 70 to under 70 plan during taper). Pfitzinger's rule of thumb is that the mileage decreases during the taper but not the intensity. I have my marathon in Jan...we'll see how that taper goes.
 
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