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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Level Up Training Plan

It's about that time to start training for the Tokyo Marathon. For my last 4 marathons, I've used the Jeff Galloway Training Plans. They've worked just fine, and I've arrived at my marathons plenty prepared. But, I am a little tired of them. I know (and thus start to dread) the runs. I am ready for something new and fun to put some spark into my marathon training. I decided to try Kara Goucher's new system, called Level Up. 

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The motto is putting the fun back in running, and that's just what I need! Plus, Kara Goucher rocks. 

Basically the training plan looks like a game board consisting of levels. You need to get a certain number of points from completing runs of cross-training in a 7 day period in order to move up to the next level. If you don't get enough points, no prob, you just do that level over again. You get virtual medals as you complete the levels to help keep you motivated. And there is a virtual coach at the end of every level there is a virtual coach to help you reflect on your training and make wise decisions.  

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I bought the Premium plan for $29.95. Although I have run quite a few marathons and probably could have gone with the Ultimate Plan which includes more speed work, I tend to get mentally and physically burned out if I run more than 3-4 times a week. 

I know it is still marathon training and it will be hard at points, really hard. But, I am really excited about trying this new plan. 

What training plan do you think? Would you be willing to try a new plan like this?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds interesting and entertaining! I've done the Run Less, Run Faster before and kind-of made up my own this time around. I can see trying this one, though.