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4416 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2009 10:13 PM by kentster
scamp1974 Rookie 6 posts since
Jul 24, 2009
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Jul 24, 2009 7:26 AM

Has anyone used the FIRST marathon training program?


I'm training for my second marathon and am thinking of using the FIRST

program. It was featured in Runner's World a few years ago. I'm

wondering if anyone has used it and if so, what your experience was.

Briefly, the program calls for 3 "quality" training runs per week

(speed work, a tempo run, and a long run -- with paces and mileage

specified) as well as two medium-to-hard-effort cross training

workouts. I had difficulty maintaining higher mileage and 5-6 days of

running in my initial marathon training, and this appeals to me as a

way to add some variety and avoid injury. I'm somewhat apprehensive,

though, of running only 3 days per week during training.




Thanks for any input! 



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