As a competitive age-grouper,
I would like to get your feedback on whether you follow a training/fitness training plan leading up to your fitness events anywhere from a 1-mile road race, ┬¢ marathons, all the way to ultra-distance events?
I am trying to compile as many different opinions and your answer matters.
Thank you in advance for your opinion.
I try to stay in shape throughout the year. I participate in various events such as Spartan Races and GORUCK races/challenges, so staying in shape is very essential to me. Depending on the race and distance I modify my workout in order to get prepared for that event. I also serve as a fitness instructor for a Special Operations Unit back home, so staying in shape becomes necessary. The easiest way to go about this is to maintain a certain level of fitness throughout the year and then depending on the challenge/race which you are looking to compete at, twig your training program to help you optimize your performance for that particular event.
I hope this helps.
I don’t necessarily follow a “training program” per say. I do however have a schedule for when I hit the gym and which muscles I am targeting, in addition to putting in certain days for cardio. That’s what works best for me, but then again everyone is different.
I think having a program will enable you to stay on track to complete your fitness goals.
While I lift 2-3 days a week, my main/referred exercise is running! Throughout the year I aim for 25-30 miles a week with one speed or tempo run and the rest easy and enjoyable (sometimes with a run group).
With this base mileage I can run up to a half at anytime but I do follow a training plan (Hal Higdon) for my marathons. If I am aiming for a PR or want to race a race I have a more structured plan that I form from a variety of plans and my own experience in knowing what I can handle.