To Finish Strong, Train Properly!
Do you have a race on the horizon? How are you planning to train for it?
There are an almost infinite number of free one-size-fits-all training plans available online these days, but before you fire up the Google, ask yourself one question: when is the last time that anything one-size-fits-all actually fit?
Every runner is unique, and as such, the way one trains a runner should also be unique.
From workouts and paces to recovery days and training schedules, having a training plan that is created specifically for you (and for the particular race you are running) is going to give you the best odds of having a strong finish and a successful race.
Training Plans: The Nuts & Bolts
What, exactly, do I get if I sign up for one of your training plans?
There is one “option” on my menu, and this is exactly what is included if you decide to work with me as your coach for your next race.
Custom Training Plan:
When I say custom, I mean custom. Your plan is created specifically for you, period. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all training plans, and that will never change. Your plan is designed to help you reach your goals AND fit within the confines of your daily life.
Weekly Check In:
Your training plan will “live” on a shared Google spreadsheet (calendar) and each Monday for the duration of your plan I’ll be checking in to see how you’re doing and to answer any questions/quell any concerns that you may have.
An “Evergreen” Plan:
It’s one thing to have a plan created specifically for you, it’s another thing to have a plan that changes and adapts as needed during your training cycle. The reason that I don’t write out your entire training plan at once is simple: there is no way that I can possibly anticipate what is going to happen in your life over the duration of your training plan. When I’m checking in on Monday mornings, I’m also adjusting the plan based on how the last week has gone so that it fits your current needs/demands.
Race Day Blueprint:
A couple of weeks before the race, we will discuss the specifics of your race based on how your training has gone, how you’re feeling, and what your goals are for the race. I’ll look at the course profile and give you a strategy for navigating the intricacies of the course. In short, your race day strategy will be much more in-depth than to simply “have fun.” That said, having fun will absolutely be a part of your race day blueprint!
Post-Race Recovery Plan:
Your training plan doesn’t finish when you cross the finish line. Well maybe it technically does, but I’m not going to leave you high and dry just because the race is over. I’ll give you a set of guidelines for handling your recovery and a general timeline for when you should resume your “normal” training after your race. And I’m never more than a tweet or an email away if you need a bit of advice in the aftermath of your race.
Is a Custom Training Plan Right for You?
I believe that the stock answer that I’m supposed to give, both as the coach and as the guy who makes his living from people hiring him to be their coach, is yes.
That said, my actual answer is a bit more vague: it depends.
If you’re unsure about how to train for your next race, a custom training plan may be right for you.
When you’re working with a coach, it’s nice to have the peace of mind that there is a plan to follow to help you be fully prepared on race day. It also prevents you from second guessing your decisions about which workouts you should be doing.
If you trust the coach AND trust the process, you’ll be ready on race day.
You also need to be able to motivate yourself to do the workouts as scheduled, since I won’t be checking in on you every day to see how things are going.
If you need that additional level of accountability from a coach, it is available. Send me a message via the contact form below, and I’ll give you the details of my 1-on-1 coaching.