"I have been sorta following Hal Higdons Inter. II training plan. Is there a difference between that and his Inter. I? Is one better?"
Higdon spells this out rather plainly — especially in last line of final paragraph below:
"The Intermediate-I program offers a slight jump in difficulty from the Novice program. You Begin in Week 1 with a long run of 8 miles instead of 6 miles. You thus get to 20 miles for your long run by Week 13, which permits a second 20-miler in Week 15. Midweek mileage is slightly higher, but instead of cross-training on the weekends, you get more serious about your running and do a second run of 5-8 miles, often at marathon race pace. You now do your cross-training on Mondays, instead of taking the day off.
The Intermediate-II program offers another slight jump in difficulty. You begin in Week 1 with a 10- mile long run, which brings you to 20 miles by Week 11, permitting three runs at this distance. The midweek runs are somewhat longer; the pace runs on the weekend are somewhat longer. The pattern is about the same as Intermediate-I, but there is a subtle, though important, increase in distance and difficulty. If you chose Intermediate-I as the training schedule for your second marathon and have success, you might want to choose Intermediate-II for marathon number 3."
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