Training

Beginners

(i.e., have not run in six weeks)

The first 6 weeks of a training program is the most critical! It's when a runner is most susceptible to injury. 

Never run before? Begin with walking and running during the first week (or two) and build from there. For example, if the workout says to run 20 minutes, then you can start out with running for 3 minutes and walking for 2 minutes and continue that pattern until you reach 20 minutes total. Then, for the second week, you can start out running for 8 minutes and walking for 2 minutes and continue that pattern until you reach 20 - 25 minutes total. By week 3, you might be ready to run a total of 20 minutes comfortably without stopping. If you aren't, that's OK - perhaps try running 15 minutes, walking 5 minutes and then running for 5 minutes, for a total of 25 minutes. 

 

The paces you during this time is important too! Be sure to run at a conversational pace (i.e., a pace that enables you to easily keep a conversation going for the entire run).

 

Once you can run 25-30 minutes continuously, 4-5 times a week without stopping, then you can move onto the intermediate workouts listed below. It should take about four - six weeks to get to the intermediate level. You should not add more than five minutes to your daily run during the week. For example, once you get up to 20  minutes of continuous running, wait until the following week to run 25 minutes/day.

Also, your rest and/or cross training days are just as important as your training days. Your body adapts to your training when you are resting. 

Beginner Training Template

Monday: 20-25 minutes

Tuesday: 20-25 minutes

Wednesday: rest/cross-train

Thursday: 20-25 minutes

Friday: rest/cross-train

Saturday: 20-25 minutes

Sunday: Rest

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*After 3 weeks of running the above training plan, you should also begin incorporating strides 1 - 3 times per week. What is a stride? A stride is a progressively fast effort lasting about 100m. You start your stride at a medium pace and then progressively work up to a fast effort before the last 20m or so of your stride. No sprinting, however.

Intermediate

(i.e., you have been running 4-5 times/week for 25-30 minutes for at least 6 weeks)

Intermediate Training Template

Monday: 30-35 minutes at conversational pace (see above for the definition of conversational pace)

Tuesday: pick ups or hill repeats 

Examples 5 x 2 minutes pick ups with 2 minute walk in between or 5 x 1 minute hill repeats. Aim for a total of 30 minutes of running including your warm up and cool down

Wednesday: rest/cross train

Thursday: tempo run

Example: run 15 minutes at easy pace and then pick up the pace to a medium-hard effort for the last 15 minutes

Friday: 30-35 minutes at conversational pace, and strides

Saturday: long run

Example: 40-45 minutes as conversational pace

Sunday: Rest (Take this day seriously - you adapt while you are resting!)

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Advanced

(i.e., you have been running 5-6 times/week for 30 - 40 minutes for the last 6-8 weeks)

Training Template

Monday: 40-45 minutes at conversational pace followed by four strides

Tuesday: pick ups or hill repeats

Sample workout: 5 x 3 minute pick ups with 2 minute walk in between or 5 x 90 second hill repeats. Aim for 35-40 minutes of running including the warm up and cool down

Wednesday: 40-45 minutes at conversational pace followed by four strides

Thursday: tempo run

Example: run 15 minutes at easy pace and then pick up the pace the last 20 minutes. Try to increase your effort every five minutes. 

Friday: 40-45 minutes at conversational pace followed by four strides

Saturday: long run

Example: 50-65 minutes (depending how long your has been in previous weeks)

Sunday: Rest (Take this day seriously - you adapt while you are resting!)

Interested in some core work too? Click  here!