Last Sunday I ran the Big Sur Half Marathon in Monterey, CA. This was my second half, the first being the San Francisco Half marathon back in July. For the first race, I used a training program I got off a running website that had me running 3 days a week, plus cross training on other days. My time was 2:07 and change: no great, but good for a 235 lbs non-runner.
This time around I decided to lift heavy things as normal, play as normal (in my case, pick-up basketball a few times a week), and do one long run per week. I was healthier during training, had fewer aches and pains, and finished Big Sur in 1:45 flat.
While I probably won't run any more half marathons, it was interesting for me to see the differences in training and the results they produced.