Contributed by Christie O., author of Average Moms Wear Capes and owner of Christie O. Media
These are the various workout programs I’ve used and exact progressions, w/ links to the race reports.
*Note: These are recommendations based solely on what has worked for me. Different things work for different people. Please check with your doctor before beginning any weight-loss or fitness regimen.
Hal Higdon’s 10k Novice plan:
Very much like the Couch to 5k, only for a 10k! (I combined this with Body For Life for a total of 10 more pounds weight-loss.) I ran my first 10k in 1:12. (Here’s the race report for the Turkey Trot 2008.)
Hal Higdon’s Half-Marathon plan (Novice):
Very, very doable if done after the first two plans! (Combined with calorie-counting for 10 more pounds of weight-loss.)13.1 Gasparilla Half-Marathon Race Report, March 2009.
Tri-Newbies Sprint Triathlon Plan (for my FIRST EVER triathlon!)
A ”bible” of information on triathlon, from the workouts to the gear, everything you need to know to complete your first triathlon. I LOVED this plan so much! LOVE LOVE LOVE! (Combined with Weight Watchers for 8 pounds more of weight-loss.) (The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon RACE REPORT, June 2009, in all its glory here.)
Fitness Magazine’s 8 week tri plan: (2nd triathlon ever!)
This was also really really good to keep me going on the training after the first one! (Race report for Sand Key Triathlon Sept. 2009 HERE.)
Women’s Health Magazine’s Olympic Distance program:
Absolutely got me through my first Olympic Distance triathlon in April, 2010. (St. Anthony’s Triathlon Race Report, April 2010.)
Grand total weight-loss from April ’08-April 10: 53 POUNDS.