2012 Blue Ridge Half Marathon

Runners Tell All: Training Partners and Plans

It’s time for another Runners Tell All link-up! This month, the we’re talking about your favorite person to train with and your favorite training plan: What’s the scoop on your day-to-day training? Are you a social runner or do you prefer to run solo? Any training tips?

I’m mostly a solo runner, but mainly because that’s just the way it works out during the week. If there were more running groups in our area, I would probably join in. But on the weekend I often run with my best running friend, Kim.

running buddies

Kim and I met through our friend, Nicki. She had a blog about running that I came across when I was looking up race recaps for a local race. After clicking around on her blog a bit, I realized she lived in the same area as me and that we ran roughly the same pace. So I emailed her about meeting up. We met up on a Wednesday evening for a run, and Kim was there, too. She had previously met Nicki just by going up to her on a trail 🙂 The three of us began running together in the Fall of 2011. Nicki and her husband moved back to Texas in Summer 2012, and we miss her! Hopefully all three of us can get together for a run the next time she’s here visiting.

2012 Blue Ridge Half Marathon
Me, Nicki, and Kim at the finish of the 2012 Blue Ridge Half Marathon in Roanoke.

As far as my day-to-day running routine, I’m currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon on October 26. So I pretty much run every day except Wednesday. I’m following the Hansons Marathon Method, which involves high mileage and six days of running. Both of those are new for me, but things are going pretty well so far. I was so set in my ways with four days of running per week, with 1-2 days of cross training, and never thought I’d prefer something else. But so far I like the Hansons program better, even though some of the workouts really freak me out.


I’m on week 9 of training this week and it still amazes me that things are going so well. Yes, my legs are pretty much always tired. But through this training plan I’m proving to myself that I can do more than I thought I could.

Hansons Marathon Method

I still had my doubts after reading the book cover to cover, but their training philosophy makes a lot of sense. Hopefully it will lead to the ultimate payoff and I’ll have a great day on October 26!

Who is your favorite training partner? What type of training plan do you prefer?


This is a monthly link-up for runners that poses a different topic each month. If you missed last month’s post on nutrition, you can find that HERE. This link-up is hosted by Amanda @The Lady Okie and Beka @Sunshine to the Square Inch. Click the icon below to get all of the details about these monthly link-up’s.

19 thoughts on “Runners Tell All: Training Partners and Plans”

    1. Good point. I haven’t run with music for a long time, but I think I’m going to bring my iPod with me for Sunday’s long run just in case.

  1. I like Dad’s response! Just me and my music. My plan is the Run Less, Run Faster by FIRST It’s only three days of running. But wish it had more! The running workouts are super intense though.

    1. Oh I’ve heard about the RLRF plan! Some people really like it, but it sounds really intense. How do you like it so far? Is it your first time using it?

      1. It is intense! But if your goal is to get faster it works!! It’s my second round with it.

    1. That is a benefit of running solo – not having to meet at a certain time. Although, meeting with Kim on the weekends helps me get my butt out of bed 🙂

  2. I love reading how you met your friends through blogging. That’s a super fun story. I have never heard of Hanson’s Marathon Method but I’m glad it is going well for you! It sounds like you are right on target for an awesome marathon!

  3. I love that you met your training partner through blogging! My husband and I were going to train for and run the Marine Corps Marathon last year . . . but then his brother’s wedding fell on that day. 🙂 Another time perhaps. Wishing you all the best in your race! I had never heard of the Hanson’s training method before but now am intrigued. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am jealous of your running friends. That looks and sounds like so much fun! Your marathon is coming right up! Crazy. I don’t think I could run 6 days a week. Well, okay I COULD, but that doesn’t sound appealing to me. Mad props to you for doing that. I’m sure it will pay off come race day!

    1. I’m not sure I had told you. In fact, I think it’s the first time I shared the full story on my blog! I don’t know why it took me so long.

  5. I like running solo and with people. My neighbor and I recently went on a run together for the first time and it was nice. Ellie and I run trails together a few times a month, I enjoy the TRF track workouts, and Glenn and I run together whenever we can. What a great setup you have with Kim – crazy perfect way to end up meeting a BRF!

  6. Meeting a running partner through blogging is awesome! How cool that you live in the same area and run the same pace. Good luck at the Marine Corps Marathon, I hope you have fun and that all of your high mileage training pays off!

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