My Pro Coach training plans range from 6 to 48 weeks in duration, the best thing to do is count back from your "A" target race date and then choose a plan to fill that gap. You can fit your other races into this timeframe.
Length of Plan
Your training plan will take you right up to race day. The longer the plan the easier it starts and the more gradually it progresses and this has a bearing on the difficulty level you choose. For example, a 12-week plan starts off at a higher level than a 36-week plan because with 12 weeks left there's not as much opportunity to build up slowly. So if you're choosing a short plan, err on the side of caution when picking the difficulty level.
Choosing the correct level will help you get the most out of your plan. Below are some guidelines to help:
- May have a sports or fitness background, but not necessarily as a runner.
- Wants structured training to prepare for first running event.
- Could be returning to running after some time out.
- Wants to get fit for a race with minimal weekly training hours.
- Stepping up a distance for the first time.
- Goal would be to finish your target race.
An Intermediate Runner:
- Should be training regularly and whilst not a newbie, also not superfast.
- Wants to maximise potential whilst balancing life and training.
- Has some experience of racing and learnt some lessons along the way.
- May be experienced and stepping up a distance, out of comfort zone.
- Expects to be a mid-pack finisher.
An Advanced Runner:
- Is experienced (but amateur) at the race distance and looking to maximise potential.
- Is performance-focused.
- Could be looking to qualify for a championship.
- Will have pre-requisite time and fitness to train.
- Is competitive and often ranks well.
Taking the above guidelines into consideration you will then need to check that you are choosing a plan that is appropriate with your starting fitness, training time availability and your goals.
Beginner plans take less time each week, followed by the Intermediate plans and then the Advanced plans which take the most time. All Phil's plans are designed for amateur athletes, if you have a busy work/family schedule then we recommend you choose a Beginner or Intermediate level plan regardless of your ability.
Only choose an Advanced plan if you have at least 18 months experience. Choosing an Advanced plan won't necessarily turn you into an advanced athlete if the plan is too hard for you from the start. You'd be better off with an Intermediate plan and nailing every session.
Preview your Plan
When you are choosing your training plan you can preview each training plan and in the description, there are screenshots of the first and hardest fortnights.
Have a careful look at these and ask yourself if you're capable of a) fitting them into your schedule and b) fit enough to do the workouts.
You'll improve quickest by having the right training plan for your availability and current fitness.
If, after you purchase your plan, you feel that it is too easy/hard for you, we will happily swap the level for you for free within the first 2 weeks. We want to help you with successful training and racing!
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