Choosing the right training plan can be a large factor in success or failure of a race. And depending on length of race you’re committing to 8-16 (sometimes 20! Eek!) weeks of your life to it. Having a training plan helps in so many ways. I personally like knowing what I have to do to achieve my goal(s) and a good plan can lay that all out for you.
Be sure to choose one that:
Will fit your life’s schedule (Do you work full-time? Have kid(s) to tend to?)
Is on your current level of fitness (Too fast, too soon can spell out a nasty injury)
Suits your personality. (Are you more laid back and go with the flow? Or prefer a more ridged schedule?)
I chose Run Less, Run Faster because it’s 3 concentrated runs and 2 days of XT a week which fits my busy (and unpredictable at times) work schedule. And it has very specific times and paces which I enjoy. I like having something detailed so I know exactly what to do. I don’t flounder around very well and won’t end up with good results if I just went with the flow.
Here I am, on week seven, following RLRF’s 16 week marathon plan and all is well thus far (knock on wood and say a prayer) except one tiny, little thing … I miss running for just for the sake of running! I like having a schedule of sorts but sometimes I just want to break loose! So today I “cheated” on my plan and ran 3 miles just for fun. I’m hoping this won’t hinder the rest of my week’s plan. Especially the 20 miler I am supposed to hit tomorrow… we shall see… Last time I tried to hit 20 I only made it to 16. But two weeks ago I did manage 18! Barely. But hey, it was done! I am seriously questioning my desire to run a marathon…after this ruckus I may go back to 5ks! :~)
**What training plans do you follow? And do you ever find yourself wanting to break loose? **