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Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (F.I.R.S.T.) acolytes!

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Dec 2019
8:06am, 11 Dec 2019
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Merry Christmas & Happy New G(rrr)
Yeah, kick only swim training is bloomin hard on legs. Do that for an hour plus and it would be a darn good workout!! :-) G
Dec 2019
9:00pm, 11 Dec 2019
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Lol, an hour of kick and I would be absolutely exhausted!! Including some kick would be good though 😬
21 Jan
10:50am, 21 Jan 2021
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A few years ago I posted regularly on this forum when it was maintained by Happy G(rrr). So I am pleased to find that it is sill going under Lalli. I've had a lot of success with the Furman RLRF programme, always using their books as the basis. Some of the online versions of their programmes are very watered down. Each time I have strayed from the Furman FIRST principles I have ended up injured, with the inevitable loss of consistent running training and decline in race times.

There is a 3rd edition of the book out this week which builds on the 2007 and 2012 editions, which might ignite some more interest in this niche approach to distance running. I've just realised that this post makes me sound like a book seller or a Furman rep - I'm not! I'm just interested in hearing about the experiences and results that runners/athletes gain from the RLRF training plans.
21 Jan
10:52am, 21 Jan 2021
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Ooh, this is a blast from the past. Thanks for your post JPF and glad you had success. :-) G
21 Jan
11:05am, 21 Jan 2021
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G - I've been away from Fetch for the last few years - still running and biking though. But I have just started early retirement and suddenly find myself with so much more time! I can run and bike in the daylight (even in the winter!) and, of course, reinvigorate my Fetch. With a downward incline and a following wind, I might even be able to manage another 3:15 marathon? I am girding myself up to post on that forum!

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About This Thread

Maintained by Lalli
This thread is for those who are currently doing or want to do Furman type training, to share tips, log progress etc.

What is Furman? Simply, it's "Run 3 days, do non-running exercise for 2-3 other days". And that's it really!

Some links:
Furman home page:
Furman mara plan (you will need to copy and paste the link into your browser as this is a download document):
Runners World published version (another downloadable):
Furman core/strength exercises:
Furman cross training examples:

The book (other booksellers are available...! ) - Link to lunaman's blog of his experiences of 2 marathons based on Furman. Really good read based on real-world.

My own (HappyG) marathon experience off back of 6 month's very-Furman training. Yes, it was a Peeb!

And here's a nifty little pace calculator courtesy of lunaman:

Upcoming target races...

March 2016
HappyG(rrr) - 20 March - Alloa Half

April 2016
GeologyRocks - 17 April - Brighton Marathon

FenlandRunner - 24 April - VMLM

Furman focus, will bring rewards.

(Pls let me (Lalli) know if you want to be added or removed from the side panel).
Good luck everyone!

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