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A Goal and a Dream

28 Jan

Someone I know recently said:

The difference between a goal and a dream is a plan.

And it hit me. That’s so true. A dream is just a dream until you make a plan for it. And, I think that fitness and nutrition goals fall hand-in-hand with this. Everyone should have a plan, especially if you have a long-term goal in mind. Whether your goal is to complete that marathon or to fit back into those skinny jeans (or, in my case, both), you are quite unlikely to get there unless you’ve figured out how you’re going to do it.

With that in mind, I began crafting my own plan. I reviewed the old training schedule that my LLS coach had given me. I searched online. Then, I stumbled upon who I had completely forgotten as the best plan maker of all time: Hal Higdon. I’ve used his plans in the past and always felt that they were both realistic and well thought out. Specifically, his novice half marathon plan is brilliant – 12 weeks long, add a mile or so to your long runs each week and gradually but slowly up your mid-week runs, balance with cardio and strength training. Perfection.

So, for now this is what I follow (if you can’t read it, go directly to Hal’s page to see it – in fact, you should go there regardless):

After the ODDysey Half Marathon in May, I intend to attempt to follow his Novice 2 Marathon plan to prep myself for the Philadelphia Marathon in November. My only complaint about that is that it doesn’t balance strength training and cross training as much as the half marathon plans do. Then again, I guess if you’re prepping to run 26.2 miles, you probably need to do a bit more running, eh?

So what about you, have you crafted a plan to meet your goals? Have you used Higdon’s plans before?

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