>General Running>Hal Higdon or Jeff Galloway?
Which would you pick?
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No, no. Halloway.
I think you learn something from every plan. I haven't tried Higdon.
Galloway helped me when I started. I don't like to walk when I run but I still do two walk breaks in my warm up.
Ferman helped me run intervals.
Hanson's helped me with MP runs.
Which would you pick? I'm a first time HM runner.
Congrats on setting a solid goal for yourself. The half is my favorite distance and is a good challenge. I would echo others here and suggest that you take a look at Running Wizard for the reasons outlined and also from my personal experience. I have trained for a run three half marathons using three different approaches. My initial effort use Runners World Smartcoach (1:55), my second attempt used Furman FIRST (1:47) and my most recent PR was set using Running Wizard (1:37). Of the three plans, I found that the running Wizard approach left me the best prepared for race day. I think that it is a very well rounded plan which would help you given that it starts with a good phase of aerobic development which will be a benefit to you given you short running history.
Good luck with whatever plan you choose.
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I used Higdons intermediate 2 marathon plan last spring for my first marathon. By the end of the program I felt prepared for the race and ended up with a BQ. I walked through the water stations every 2 miles. I would think the HM plans will prepare you for your race as well. Good luck.
I'm a big Jeff Galloway fan because of his walking breaks. At first I felt I was 'too good' to be taking walking breaks, but then I tried it, and they actually made me go faster and further.