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It seems a lot of people are still in base building or off-season. I am in training mode myself. First race is Monument 10K but my A race is White Lake HIM on 5/3. It is a team race so I will be doing it with 33 members of my tri team, <a href="http://trigirltraining.com/" target="_blank">TRIgirls</a>.<br><br>
Anyone else training for an early season race?
 

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Sounds fun and motivational Kate. I'm pre-training - spending the next 2 weeks base building and logistically fitting 10 workouts into the week. Jan 28th I start real training.
 

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I'm into my plan for Alcatraz right now, basebuilding period. I'm running a 15K in March but intend to train through it.
 

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I'm training for Ironman Wisconsin all though I'm still building. I am however, training for and running a 50k come February and I'm definitely not still base building now!
 

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I am run training for a 10 miler on 3/2, the New Bedford HM on 3/16, and one of my A races the Cox Prov marathon on 5/4. I am using the FIRST marathon plan from the Furman Institute for the marathon and the others I will run as hard tempo runs.<br><br>
Right now I am run training while squeezing in whatever weights, bike and swim I can. I will start Masters swim in Feb, and dedicated cycling in mid to late Feb. I am a bit worried about the increase in my run volume so I am letting my body adapt before adding the other sports.<br><br>
Good luck in May.
 

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Saturday i start training for my first half marathon,followed 3 weeks later by my first sprint. I told the wife that i wouldn't register for anymore until after i finish these two.
 

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I am firmly rooted into my HIM training...in August. It's base building at the moment, but all of the other races along the way are bonus fun.
 

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I got the FIRST book for Christmas and it looks like a nice way to balance my running goals with my need to get in more time on the bike for duathlon season this summer.<br><br>
For the Boston Marathon, I'm sticking with the 70mpw Pfitzinger plan. His plans have worked well for me so far, and I can get some bike time in on recovery days or my 1 day off from running. After that, I think I'm going to give the FIRST plan a try. Let me know what you think of it once you get into the meat of the program.
 

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I'm on schedule for an early season half. but the milage is still low and I'm easy on the cross training so it feels like off season. There's no no "OMG I'm racing in 4 weeks" going on yet.
 

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2/17 marathon, with a tune-up 10K this weekend and 5K in a few weeks (wanted 10K but none around). Following Pfitzinger's 55mpw plan. Love Pfitz's plans.
 

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Oh well I guess I got this wrong. I just hadn't heard much race chatter so thought everyone was goofing off. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><img alt="toothy12.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/toothy12.gif">
 

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My next 'A' race is IMAZ - April.<br><br>
I was using FIRST for training for the PF Changs marathon but had to DNS due to getting bronchitis <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">. The FIRST training was perfect in that took place of my normal base building-running for IMAZ: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sat or Sun. I noticed great improvement (ability to sustain faster pace than historically) especially when the 20 mile weekend runs came. I've used Pfitz 55mi/week with solid results in the past, however, with IMAZ the mileage was too much to use that, hence using the FIRST.<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I'm training for a marathon in early May. However, I'm also racing and have already done 3 races so far this year - two 10Ks and a 2 mile race. I have an 8 mile race, 10 mile, and 20K all on my schedule in the next month. Since the bulk of my training is easy running, I use the races as my speedwork. I've run every day so far this year, an average of about 9 miles a day, or just over 60 mile per week.
 

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Did you stick to the just 3 runs a week? I've got the first 20 miler in three weeks. After I get through that I am going to cycle/swim more. I am giving the first month all of my energies, it is a considerable ramp up in mileage for me. A couple of other I know said they had to supplement more runs in, but they are strictly runners, so I am hoping to stick to just 3/4 run days a week.<br><br><br>
I did not know there was a book Brew Dad I may have to look into that.
 

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I am pretty much always training for a race. At least mentally. I really don't see a distinction between "base building" and "race preparation." To me, getting ready for a race (even if it's a year out) is what builds the base. The focus of my workouts will morph as I get closer and closer to race day, but it's still all race prep.
 

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Yes, I didn't run any additional mileage, which was strange for me, training for a marathon on only that prescribed distance. But when comparing FIRST to Pfitz, I see more recovery or GA miles in the Pfitz program. FIRST recommends you do cross training to supplement the training, which IM training was doing that perfectly. The swim and bike training was mainly in z2 and was great recovery (no impact).<br><br>
My last 20 mile run before I got sick was run at 2:50 (8:30 pace), which was about 15 minutes faster than any of my prior 20 milers. I do have to say, however, I was using heart rate with the Pfitz plans before which may have slowed me down abit, especially trying to train in the heat out here. FIRST was my first (no pun intended) attempt at pace-based training.<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Gasparilla 15K in Tampa on Feb 8. After that, no other races til end of April or maybe a fun St Patrick's Day 4 miler.
 
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