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Oct 11, 2012 4:37 AM

Daniels' Running Formula -- plans to choose

Over ten years ago, I was a competetive female college runner.  Then a career and children and no time for running.  In 2011, I ran my first marathon as a weekend warrior in 3:28 (two quality runs  on weekends with no running during the week).  Now, my youngest child is older and my job is more predictable, so I want to dedicate more time to training to run a quality marathon next June.


I started running again at the end of August.  I have 35 weeks until my marathon.  My humble goal is 3:15, but many of my friends and former competitors are running in the 2:45-3:00 range.  I would like to use the Daniels' Running Formula as my training guide, but am not sure what path choose:


Athlete in me says:

Two weeks of the Blue Advanced Plan

Sixteen weeks of the Gold Elite Plan

Eighteen weeks of the Elite Marathon Plan


Realist in me says:

Sixteen weeks of the Blue Advanced Plan

Twenty weeks of Program A Marathon Plan


I live in rural area with no runners around me, so I don't have training partners nor know anyone who has used the Daniel's Running Formula.  I respond well to challenging workouts, but I do recognize that as I get older its harder to push myself when I know I have other responsibilities (but maybe that will force me do do my runs at a faster pace to get thme done quicker).


Any advice you have is welcome, especially on the usability of Daniel's Running Formula.

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