When I started running long distances, the amount of information online and free training plans overwhelmed me! And there were never any reviews to rely on.
As I trained for marathons, I started writing about the plans in my blog. In Hal Higdon Marathon Training Reviews you can read those thoughts and make better choices for YOU.
Hal Higdon Marathon Training Reviews
I’m not a part of Hal Higdon’s team, but I have trained with Novice 1, Novice 2, and Intermediate 1 for my first three marathons.
Hal Higdon’s plans are pretty vanilla, cookie-cutter plans that are not too complicated.
They are simple and get the job done.
These reviews are to help you decipher the plans and get back to running!
Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 Marathon Training Program
Read my run-down of the basics of the Intermediate 1 plan. What makes it different from Novice 2 and Intermediate 2?
A weekend warrior plan for experienced runners who want to run 5 days a week. This plan may throw off traditional trainers who work better without their easy days all in a row.
I recapped each month’s training in my Marathon Measures series. Finally, you can also read the race recap from this training plan.
Hal Higdon Novice 2 Marathon Training Program
After using the Novice 2 plan, there were things I thought worked well and did not work well in the plan.
I loved this plan’s adaptability. I was able to include faster runs with ease. I could make a week easier or harder easily based on my recovery levels.
However, I disliked the high-mileage/low-mileage alternation of the weeks 12-16. It was hard for my body to understand what was going on – were we amping up mileage or were we resting? Read more here.
Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon Training Program
I used the Novice 1 program to train for my first marathon. I don’t have formal overview or reviews on it, but you can read my recap of training for my first marathon here.
I’m no longer using Hal Higdon Plans
While I’m grateful for the contribution Hal Higdon’s plans had in beginning running, I now build custom training plans to fit my needs. If none of these plans strike your fancy or don’t work well with your schedule or fitness level, check out my personalized training plans here.
First Marathon Resources
With all the plans available, how do you know what to pick? Check out these tips to choose a marathon training plan, also applicable to half-marathons!
4. Eat Well
All of this training will need the right nutrition. I interviewed registered dietitian and triathlete coach Barbara Casaceli on the best ways to fuel our runs.
At some point during the long training weeks, you’re going to get bored. I call it the Doldrums of Training. Save these tips for escaping the doldrums and falling in love with running again.
After the hard training is over, tapering is the crucial cut-back in mileage the few weeks before your full or half marathon race. By allowing your body to absorb months of hard training by healing and repairing, you will be great on race day.