For the past 18 months I have been using a great website Run Coach to plan my training. I was introduced when I signed up for the Houston Marathon and bought the plan during registration. The website is great. I entered my current running abilities, miles per week and the days. I also provided my planned races and my goal race. Then with a recent race, the website determined my paces for maintenance runs, tempo and speed work, and long runs. I followed the plan pretty closely and diligently updated my runs. My results for the Houston Marathon were fabulous, better than I expected.
I continued to use the site over the spring and into fall when I decided to do the Dallas Marathon. When I planned my training I didn't think there were enough LONG LONG runs (over 16 miles) so I contacted the coaches at Run Coach. I got a speedy response and they manipulated my plan for the right amount of long runs, and really encouraged me to add another day of speed work to my routine. I followed the schedule closely again and had pretty good results for Dallas.
But now I think I'm ready for a change. I want to do more cross training with weights, yoga and upper body training. I have Hal Hidgon's book and want to get Train Like a Mother, from the writers of the Another Runner Mother blog and podcast. From one of these I will put together a running and work out plan. I am still undecided on my next marathon (spring or fall?).
Any suggestions for a good training plan?
And I'm already working on my core, working on PLANKING with Susan. I have also been doing Jillian Michaels' workout videos once or twice a week. If only Jillian liked running! Then I'd know exactly who to listen to. But no, my leader isn't a runner and touts the benefits of weights + cardio.