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.
no, I don’t follow any running program. I just get ou and run 3-5 times per week. Sometimes run further, sometimes – faster. That all depends on daily routine, upcoming races, and many other factors.
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.
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.