I have several friends who just found out that they were chosen through a lottery to run in the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler! Congrats! This race is near and dear to my heart since it was my very first and gave me the race bug! For some, preparing for a race seems impossible, but a clear training plan makes it much more feasible.
When I prep for a race, I usually use some online training plan, and I pick the one that seems most doable, with just a hint of a challenge to help me get that P.R. Here are some of my favorite sites for training plans for various race lengths and race or running experience:
- Hal Higdon Training Plans – Arguably one of the most experienced runners shares plans ranging from 5k walks to speeding through a marathon. This is for beginners and advanced runners.
- Nike + Training Plans – I used this on my Nike + app, but I thought it was a bit demanding. But if you’re up for a challenge, definitely give it a try!
- 3 Month Marathon Training Plan – Boy I wish I’d found this one before! I just about tapped out in week 14 of my 18 week training plan. Let’s race already!!
- Cool Running Training Plans – These plans are easy to follow, and are broken down based on your running experience. Plans for all major race distances (sorry no 10 miler or 30Ks)
You can also look for a running club in your area, as suffering in a group is always better than suffering alone!
How do you train for a big race?
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Until next time,
Keep it moving!