Friday, August 18, 2006

Need Bloggers HELP!!

Well, first of all, before I go too far, I was up at 6:30 this morning. YAWN! I survived the BIG test. My brain HURTS now. There was 275 quetions on the test and took 3 1/2 hours. There were some questions that I have to go back to finish, but I did it. Now the waiting begins... Anyhoo, I need all of your help. I start my first LONG run tommorow. I received my TNT training schedule in the mail. So EXCITING!! I looked it all over. The one things that I need help with is deciding which training schedule to follow: the Novice schedule and run 4 miles or Intermediate schedule and run 6 mile tommorow. I can not decide which one to go with. I take the challenge and go with the intermediate schedule, which suited those who have done 5k's, 10K, or marathons. I could also take easy again and go with the novice schedule. What do you guys and gals think? Please let me know so I can decide tommorow when I wake up.


teacherwoman said...

First of all, thanks for the advice with the side stitches...

As for using the novice or intermediate training schedule, I guess it depends on what you have done. It sounds as if you have done marathons before... if that is true, I would go for the intermediate... challenge yourself, and you know that if you were not able to go the distance... you still are doing well. Maybe keep both training schedules together, and compare. I don't think you could go wrong if you balance the two if you weren't able to do the miles on the intermediate schedule!

Hope that makes some sense! Good luck! I look forward to hearing about your training!

neese said...

you know your body best ofcourse so it's completely up to you.... but for what it's worth i say bump it up to intermediate since you have a history of running a marathon and you've been running on a regular basis.. i.e. it's not like you are starting from scratch. BUT that's not to say going with the novice plan is a bad thing, especially if you feel it's more suited for your physically and mental space right now.

could i be any more ambivalent?

i do like what teacherwoman suggested about comparing both schedules.

happy running girl!

Marty said...

Intermediate of course:) Your ready, but you need to take it easy at first. Listen to your body:) Anyway, good luck on your quest!


Kurt said...

I would go with intermediate if in doubt. You can always drop back to novice if you have to but not necessarily the opposite way. Besides you seem the type to enjoy a good challenge. I think you will do well with it.

Nicole said...

I say try the intermediate and if it is to much you can always go back down to the novice. Mind you I am using a novice schedule so it is easy for me to say go for it.

WADDLER26.2 said...

Go for the intermediate-- the best thing about training schedules is their flexibility to change with how you feel.

Kristi said...

Look at the time committment with each plan and what you hope to accomplish at the R&R mari. It's going to be easier to find time for your runs on the novice schedule probably, as your total overall mileage weekly will probably be lower, but you may find that you need a bit more weekly mileage if your finishing time goal is pretty lofty.
I took a novice schedule and an intermediate schedule and blended them together. I knew that I didn't have time for eight or ten mile runs during the week (at least not in the heat of summer when I can only run outside early in the am or late in the pm), work full time, and still have a life outside of running. I love me some long runs though, so I kept the increased mileage on the weekends. (Making sure not to increase over 10% on any given week)
This seems to be working well for me. I'm satisfied that I can meet my Chicago goal, not get hurt, and still have a life outside of my running.
I did run my "modified" plan past someone that I consider a running "expert" though before I undertook it. I didn't want to set myself up to fail or get hurt.
Only you know what will work for you.

Rose said...

I also took a novice plan and an intermediate plan and merged them together to fit my own individual needs. You will know if you are doing too much - just adjust accordingly.