Here’s Where to Find a Training Plan for Your Next Race!

Hey Friends!

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.

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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?
Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep it moving!

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Comments 13

  1. December 18, 2015

    Boy I just jump out there and run. I don’t train at all. My boss runs marathons and he trains alone at 5 am for months!

    1. Sharita Fit
      December 29, 2015

      well that definitely works too! :-p

  2. December 18, 2015

    Ohhh I’m going to check out this 3 months training plan if I decide to do another full, got to get through this one first. I think I’d do much better with the 12 weeks instead of the 20 I think I did, oh my I have been training so long. Thanks for this!

  3. December 18, 2015

    I have used Hal Higdon and Jeff Galloway as resources for training plans… and my friend, who has run several halfs and some full marathons, also helped me with a training plan as well. I think others who have done it are good resources.

  4. December 18, 2015

    I am not a runner but cyclist. I train 4 weeks out for 50 miles and under rides. For 100 mile rides it takes 2-3 months. Watching what I eat. Cutting back on sugar and alcohol.

  5. December 18, 2015

    I’ve had good success with the Run Less Run Faster plan. I’ve also used an online coach when I trained for NYCM that was excellent.

    1. Sharita Fit
      December 29, 2015

      Ok I like the sound of that plan! I will be checking it out!

  6. December 18, 2015

    Those are all great places to look for plans. I have done an organized group plan to train for a half before and it was great.

  7. December 18, 2015

    I’m a huge fan of Hal Higdon’s plans. I’ve used several of them for different races and have always been happy with the outcome.

  8. December 18, 2015

    I have a coach and she takes care of everything regarding training. I just listen 🙂

  9. December 18, 2015

    All good resources for race training!!!

  10. December 19, 2015

    I’ve followed plans and hired coaches. I learned so much from both now I create my own training plans.

  11. December 19, 2015

    Awesome resource! I used Hal Hidgon for my first half and my first marathon. He has so many great options! Now that I know a little bit more about training, I find a plan or two I like and mesh them together in a way that works for me :).

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