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by leandre on January 24, 2013 · 47 comments

in Giveaway Thursday!

Congrats to Kim D. who won last week’s Giveaway for a $25 KeyPossibilities card!

This happens every January. Seemingly out of nowhere, the to-do list swells and the deadlines approach at a stunning pace. All of a sudden May 26 is “weeks away” (17 and change to be exact) rather than “months and months” away.

I shouldn’t be surprised. Six years into planning this race and you might think I’d expect it, plan for it, even. And we do. Plan for it, that is. (Remember to expect the sudden feeling of pressure, not so much.) Each year the team here at RVT pushes project plans earlier in the calendar in an attempt to get more done with more time to spare before race weekend. And it works; we’re further ahead this year than we were last and the year before that. But the funny thing about getting stuff done sooner, is that the space you created? The “extra” days? You don’t spend them sipping coffee, taking longer runs and upping your time for stretching from 5 seconds to 5 or 50 minutes. No. You add more projects, you do things bigger and better than you have in the past. Especially this year.

So here we are…January 24, 2013. Much like many of you who are kicking of training plans this week, we’re just getting started. The best is yet to come.

Before we get to today’s Giveaway, here are few important highlights from this week:

  • Vote for your favorite Rookie finalist on our Facebook page. The winning Rookie will share the ups, downs and in-betweens of training for their first-ever marathon here on The RunDown. If you haven’t read the posts yet, set aside 10 minutes to laugh and be inspired, then VOTE before we close the poll this Friday at midnight.
  • Back by popular demand, Vermont City Marathon Facebook banners! Tell the world, or at least your closest 673 friends, that you’re running VCM.
  • To install one of the banners on your Facebook page:

    –Right click one one of the images above.
    –Save to desktop.
    –Click on your FB cover photo.
    –Click “change photo.”
    –Click “upload photo.”
    –Select photo from your desktop.
    –Save changes.

  • The 2013 SkiRack Mizuno Pace Team is in place and ready to rock! Whether VCM is your first Marathon or your 50th, if you have a time goal in mind, our pace leaders will get you there. Every Wednesday and Friday through March we’ll introduce you to members of the pace team. Got questions about how the pace team works? Learn more here.
  • Last but most certainly not least, we’re very excited to extend an invitation to all our RunDown readers to join us on Church St next Tuesday morning at 10:30am for a group photo shoot before our silver anniversary kick-off press conference.  If you’re able to sneak away from work for a few quick minutes, please do. As a part of what makes the Vermont City Marathon not just an event but a true community affair, we would love to have you be a part of  this historical photo. Details here and here.

Now for the GIVEAWAY:

Today we’re giving away a THREE-HOUR playlist. This isn’t just any playlist, but one right out of 1989, the same year The Vermont City Marathon got its start. What better way to kick-off your VCM training plan than with new old music?! The playlist includes all your ’89 favorites (thanks to everyone who responded to our Facebook post) and many of ours. We’ll gift it to you via iTunes so you can download the songs to your permanent collection.

To Enter:

Tell us: What training plan are you using to get ready for VCM? Not training for VCM? Tell us which, if any, training plan you use to prep for races.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to claim extra entries for Tweeting or FB’ing the GIVEAWAY, you must follow the rules below. Thank you!

The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, January 30; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, January 31.

* If you’re a follower of The Run Down, tell us so in an additional comment. (If you’re not a follower, subscribe using the RSS feed on top right of the blog and then leave a comment telling us you did it.)

* Tweet about the giveaway using hashtags #rvt and/or #vcm and leave one additional comment.

* Share the giveaway by clicking the “share” button just below the GIVEAWAY post on our Facebook page and leave one additional comment.

That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 4 entries into this giveaway!  (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robin January 24, 2013 at 7:02 am

I’m using this one from the cool running website. I like how there’s a 26 mile run built in. By race day, I’ll know if I can do it or not and only have to deal with all of the first time race jitters.

2 Sarah January 24, 2013 at 7:04 am

I’m using Hal Higdon’s 10K training plan, hoping to win the relay lottery.

3 Sarah January 24, 2013 at 7:04 am

I shared on FB

4 Sarah January 24, 2013 at 7:04 am

and I follow the Run Down

5 Francia Wisnewski January 24, 2013 at 7:23 am

I am Using the New York CIty Marathon Program and log in my works out in the New York Times web site “The Run-Well”:

6 Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

I am using Fitness Magazine’s program

7 Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 8:04 am

shared on facebook

8 Mike January 24, 2013 at 8:22 am

Following “Mike you need to get running” plan.. not a good week with these subzero temps. Okay a 16 week program for the VA Beach hopefully will only need to maintain miles for VT City

9 Leah H January 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

I’m following the No Meat Athlete Marathon Roadmap! So far, it’s been great for this newbie :)

10 Leah H January 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

And I’m a follower of The Run Down via RSS.

11 Sarah January 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

I am using a self-made plan based on a Hal Higdon plan. I am not quite in the shape I’d like to be in to use my favorite plan, Pfitzinger’s. Next time!

12 Sarah January 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

I am a follower. :)

13 Leah H January 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

And I tweeted (@missleah26)!

14 Leah H January 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

Aaaaaaand shared on Facebook. Can you tell I need new music?

15 Dana m January 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

Hal higdon!

16 Shawn January 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

Jeff Galloway’s run/walk, 3 runs/week plan.

17 Shawn January 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

Shared on FB.

18 Shawn January 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

Tweeted link.

19 Shawn January 24, 2013 at 9:16 am

Follow via RSS.

20 Jessie January 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

I’m using Hal Higdon’s beginner marathon plan, and combining it with training for roller derby (practice 3x/week). I should be ready!

21 Jessie January 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

I’m a follower!

22 Jessie January 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

Shared on FB.

23 Adam January 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

Always up for music! I am found an outline plan for free on a random site (there are many). I downloaded the excel file and just enter in the miles. So far I haven’t followed it exactly and I add in random cross training days for fun.

24 Adam January 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

Shared on FB

25 Adam January 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

I’m a follower (RSS)

26 Elizabeth January 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

Oh, good giveaway! I haven’t gotten beyond the “Oh, crap. I need to start running in earnest” plan – but I just decided yesterday I’m running the full again, so I think I have a small grace period :).

27 Paul January 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I’m designing my own…it’s a compilation of Hal Higdon, Ironman training and my old track workouts :)

28 Tim January 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Don’t have a plan but I have a Coach, Coach Jess Cover who I started working with in the Marathon 101 class back in 2010 and have been following her advice every step since!

29 Anne January 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm

The Hanson’s plan that was in Runners World a couple of years ago is a great plan to train through a VT winter, as the long runs max out at 16 miles. Check it out at It helped me PR at Boston 2 years ago and I’m using it (as a guideline) again, but adding in some longer runs, as I kind of maxed out at 16 miles in my marathon … Happy training, everyone, and stay warm!

30 Anne January 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I’m a follower.

31 Anne January 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

And shared on FB …

32 Dani January 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I’m training for a different half with the Jeff Galloway plan.

33 bob January 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Using a plan by GMAA’s Coach Kasie.

34 christa January 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I’m using one from Women’s Running for advanced beginner for the half

35 christa January 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I am a follower

36 lisa fine @ vermont vittles January 25, 2013 at 8:12 am

I love 80s music! That’s my favorite!

I’m using one of Jeff Galloway’s plans. The walk breaks give my knees a necessary break, and the training requires only three runs a week. Totally manageable.

37 lisa fine @ vermont vittles January 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

I’m a follower through Google Reader.

38 Kimmy T. January 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

I’m using a mix of crossfit and crossfit endurance training that I’ve modified to include a bit more mileage than most CFE plans. I’m interested in seeing how this works out (I’m not looking to PR, just finish feeling good and injury free).

39 T January 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

I made my own but it is based on the Pete Pfitzinger 18/70 plan.

40 Kimmy T. January 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

I’m a follower

41 Amy January 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

Hal Higdons Novice 2. Worked great last year and let me have a life too!

42 Jason Wood January 30, 2013 at 8:47 am

I’m following one that my girlfriend, or as I call her on training days “COACH”, has layed out for me. She is a 3 time marathoner and a certified crossfit instructor with a passion for running and training. My training program includes a Sunday long run which increases 1.5 miles each week, a shorter run mid-week which goes up and down, 2 interval running days and 1 crossfit/low-impact day. So far so good, looking forward to the Hyannis Half Marathon at the end of Feb to see how my training is coming along.

43 Rachel Haven January 30, 2013 at 9:19 am

I am using a plan I found online, tweaked with the help of my amazing aunt who is a seasoned marathon runner. It has been great to have her support, guidence and words of encouragement through my first, second and now third VCM!!

44 Josh January 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Good ole Hal

45 Laurie January 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I use the one that my running coach made for me! Lynn Grieger is the best!!

46 Rick January 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm

This time around I’m trying the Hanson’s Marathon Method. I’m hoping it will take me to a significant PR.

47 Rick January 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I’m a follower of The Run Down!

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