Thursday, July 28, 2011

RLRF and decisions…

I finally was able to finish up my book Run Less Run Faster on my camping trip last week.


It really is a great book and I learned a lot from it. I wasn’t planning on doing a review cause I’m not really great at that sort of thing but if you anyone does want an overview of it let me know and I’ll try my best to make a post about the main points.

I have loosely been following the plan because I hadn’t decided what race I should run using the RLRF plan.

After running a PR of 1:53 at the See Jane Run Half Marathon I know I am capable of running faster. That pace felt good and I was able to pull off sub 8:30 the last 4 miles with mile 13 at an 8:05 pace. I have the confidence in myself and my abilities but the problem lies somewhere else….

You know how some people have a little angle and or devil on each side of their shoulders telling them what they should or shouldn’t do… well I have a little runner girl on my shoulder telling me. “Run another marathon. You know you want too!”

I kind of wanted to run one more this year. The only one I could run this fall is on Sept 4th. (Gene and I are running the City of Trees Half Marathon together and I want to run every step with him so that’s why I decided not to run the full for that one this year.) But at the same time I want to focus just on half marathons this fall so that I can get faster.

On my previous Run Less Run Faster post Alma from The Average Woman’s Running Blog had this to say about the plan….


That looks like some awesome results! That’s why I want to give the RLRF a full chance and follow it’s 18 week training plan to see how much I improve. I still have the little runner girl on my shoulder telling me to run the Sept full marathon, but as of right now I have decided to use the RLRF to train for the Las Vegas Half Marathon on Dec 4th.

I made a tab for my workout schedule you can find above. It starts next week. I hope to post weekly workout recaps to hold myself accountable for the workouts but also to be able to look back at my improvement throughout the 18 weeks. I only posted the City of Trees race on the schedule but I actually have a couple of other races I plan to do within the next few months. I know the running part won’t be a problem it’s the cross training that I slack on. I have 3 days of cross training on the schedule and one rest day but I know one of the days will be more of a strength training day (which I can do at home) and the other may be an easy or recovery run day.

I’m really excited to “officially” start training next week! This week I’m playing catch up on my miles for the month. I have hit at least 100 miles every month since Feb and I don’t want to stop the streak now! I’m almost at 700 miles for the year. That means only 300 more to go for my 1000 miles in 2011 goal!


How are you doing on your yearly mileage??

Any fun races you are excited to start training for?


  1. It sounds like a good plan to me! I start marathon training next week. I've yet to come up with a plan though. I would love to run in the Vegas Marathon. Sounds like a ton of fun to run on the Vegas strip!!

  2. I just came across your blog, and I love your dreams tab! I haven't read RLRF, but I've read a fair amount about it on blogs. I'm excited to see how it works for you!

    My goal was to run 800 miles this year, and I am definitely on track for meeting that. I started training for the Chicago Marathon a few weeks ago, and I love having a race to train for.

  3. I mostly enjoy RLRF, but the programs are long and they're so workhorse that I think it'll be hard for me to stick to. I'm midway thru their half plan, and already lost enthusiasm. part of that may be the summer heat, though.

    I'm only just over 500 miles for the year and I was hoping to hit 1000 total, but with marathon training starting Monday, I think I'll be able to make it happen.

    Congrats on all your miles, Cyn!!

  4. I follow the speed and tempo workouts somewhat of the program but the 3x a week just isn't enough for my addiction. It basically came down to do I want to run 3x a week and not be happy or run more, do speed workouts, and be happy. Maybe I won't get the same kick ass results but I'm okay with that. My sanity is more important to me! But that's just ME and what works for me so I hope the program gives you the results you are looking for, as I'm sure it will. Good luck!

  5. I honestly don't know much about the RLRF plan. I'm going to look into it though. With great reviews like this it has to work.

  6. I'm excited for you to try the program! If you don't like it, you can always switch to another one. It's certainly not for everyone. (I like the structure, pain, blood, sweat, tears, etc.)
    I'm 90% sure I'll be doing the RNR Las Vegas half, assuming I get over this dang leg injury which I think we've figured out is the result of a lower back imbalance. Crazy stuff.

  7. I am SO excited to start training for my first half marathon! I am so nervous though


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