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Do you follow a certain one?<br><br>
Do you make up your own?<br><br>
I've used several.<br>
I used the Runners World beginners plan for my first marathon. It worked well.<br><br>
I've used Higdon's Half-marathon and full marathon plans. The nice thing about them is they are so simple. I used the intermediate plans.<br><br>
I've also used the low mileage plan in Advanced Marathoning. I really felt good about my training using this, but I performed poorly on race day. Could have been weather related, though more than anything.<br><br>
I've made my own for the last few half marathons I ran, and I currently am using one I created myself for a full marathon.<br><br>
I have purchased and read alot of Daniel's Running Formula. But haven't used any of his schedules, yet. (I need to get myself better conditioned, first)<br><br>
How about you guys? Do you have one you follow, or do you make your own?<br><br>
Just wondering.
 

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I have used Daniels Marathon Plan A twice and I'm currently using his Elite Marathon Plan.<br><br>
I liked the Plan A even though it was pretty tough. Plan A doesn't hold a candle to the Elite plan in terms of difficulty though. I'll be able to give you more feedback on the Elite plan in late November.
 

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Interesting that you ask this question now. Up til now I have pretty much done my own thing, except for my first marathon back in 2000, when I followed a HH schedule. For the last few weeks I have been trying to build base as I get ready to get ready for the Tokyo marathon in mid Feb next year. Training will begin in Sept, and I am thinking of following PF's 70 mpw schedule, but I want to make some mods because a) I cannot handle runs longer than 3 hrs so my mileage limit is about 18 miles, b) I like to run 7 dpw but the schedule is only 6 dpw, and c) I prefer to run a lot of easy miles with a weekly threshold run, wheras PF's schedule has some pretty hard VO2 max sessions early on. So bottom line is that I will use his schedule as a model and will adapt it to suit my preferences and lifestyle issues, but will stick pretty closely to the weekly miles and macrocycles.
 

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Like CoachT, I too have used Daniels' Marathon Schedule A and have been impressed with how well it has prepared me for my last two marathons (though the training itself is very intense/challenging). What I like about Daniels is that you really make your own schedule with his recommended quality workouts sprinkled in. I like this type of flexibility and will continue to use his Schedule A.<br><br>
Unlike CoachT, I have no business touching the Elite schedule as there is nothing remotely "elite" about my running ability.
 

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I haven't been compatible with training schedules for a while, though if srlopez ever publishes one I might give it a shot.<br><br>
I just manage constraints, and do what I can within them. My constraints in rank order are:<br><br>
1) Never more than 3 weeks between marathons/ultras: I tried 4 weeks in June and it was an absofvcking disaster. 2 weeks is my best interval.<br><br>
2) Minimum of 12 hours of running/crosstraining a week. Injury levels have never prevented me from doing this. Generally it's a couple of hours a day Xtrain and a long run.<br><br>
3) A long run on any weekend without a race. I only manage this about 75% of the time do to injury/recovery constraints.<br><br>
4) A second run and/or tempo work mid week. If I'm feeling really great I'll actually get to three runs a week, the third being easy. My injuries only allow me to get the second run in about 30% of the time, and the third is extremely rare.<br><br>
The docs said my knee would never get better and I've managed it for 4 years doing this. In the past 3 months I've actually gotten a feeling that I may have had some cartilage regrowth, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"> so I might be able to train more traditionally at some point.
 

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Wow hippo, that is amazing.<br><br>
what do you do for xtraining? I find that nothing is as good for my cardio conditioning as running.
 

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I have very few choices. TM at 15% / 4 mph is the only thing I can do with impunity. Lately as my knee has been feeling better I've been able to toss in some stairclimbing. Biking and elliptical are bad mojo for me.<br><br>
I still run 20-60 miles per week in one or two runs.<br><br>
I envy those who can truly follow a "real" training plan. I only wish I could. I'd probably look to Pfitz if I could. I also admire people who can stay on a training plan for <span style="text-decoration:underline;">months</span> without running a marathon: how do you manage? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy"> I'd go completely bonkers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sad2">
 

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Hippo - that's intense!<br><br>
I tend to roll my own training schedules but I base them around Pfitzinger style workouts. I have his book and use some of the workouts and read the schedules closely when I write mine. He has a great bunch of articles online <a href="http://www.pfitzinger.com/labreport.shtml" target="_blank">here</a> including <a href="http://www.pfitzinger.com/effectiveplan.shtml" target="_blank">this one</a> with a forumla for rolling your own plan.<br><br>
I'm one of those people that will go months without racing. I've only run 5 so far this year and I'm not doing marathons (yet?).<br><br>
The things I like about Pfitzinger:<br><br>
- The cycles work well for me. When I first started I would do 2 weeks hard, 1 week easy, now I do 3 weeks hard, 1 week easy. The daily cycles of hard day easy day work for me. I run 6x week.<br>
- I understand him and the workouts. I have Daniels Running Formula and I've read it once but didn't feel like I understood it very well. With Pftiz I can point to a workout and explain what it is and why I am doing it.<br>
- I've been healthy on these plans and gotten great results.
 

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I've used several training schedules over the years but pretty well simply generate my own now using a mixture of Pfitzinger and Galloway. I like Pfitzinger for my weekday and weekly mileage, but I'm not quite so gungho on his speed workouts.<br><br>
For my runs in excess of the half marathon distance I like Galloway's run/walk. I use 4-5 minutes running and 1 minute walks on my training runs. In live marathons I use 30 to 45 second walk breaks.
 
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