Do you have a plan? If your training takes a little from this plan and a little from that without a clear path to goal fitness (or worse, has no consistent plan at all), you’re setting yourself up for failure. A good training plan takes into consideration the purpose and effect of each workout so that you progress toward meeting a particular goal.
The following links provide a number of FREE training plans for a variety of race distances and different ability levels. When choosing a plan, be sure to consider 1) your training readiness, 2) your optimal training load (including cross training), and 3) the specific demands of your goal race.
- Boston Athletic Association: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/boston-marathon-training-plan.aspx
- Cool Running: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_4/
- Garmin: http://www.garmin.com/uk/training
- Hal Higdon: http://www.halhigdon.com/
- Nike+ Run Club: http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/running/nike-run-club/training-plans#tejK7jdMol-2
- Runkeeper: https://runkeeper.com/search/fitness-classes/running
- Runner’s World: http://rw.runnersworld.com/training-plan-finder/
- Runners Connect: https://runnersconnect.net/blog/
- Strava: https://www.strava.com/athlete/training-plans/running
- Training Peaks: https://www.trainingpeaks.com/training-plans.html
If you’re looking for an online coach or personalized plan, I recommend the following:
- Hansons Running: https://hansonscoachingservices.com/
- Matt Fitzgerald: http://mattfitzgerald.org/training-plans/
- McMillan Running: https://run.mcmillanrunning.com/
- Runners Connect: https://runnersconnect.net/training-plans/
- Strength Running: http://strengthrunning.com/pr-race-plan-2/
Or better yet, contact your local running club or running specialty store about group training options.