June 2, 2020
training plan

goal-setting and training plans

2018 is the year of the training plan for me

Two major goals for this year:

  • improve my 10K time
  • work up to 13.1 miles

phase one of my plan: River Bank Run 10K

I’ve run three 10K races now, and I’ve not been satisfied with my times. I can’t seem to break 53 minutes. This year, I want to change that.

In addition to that goal, I also want to work up to running half-marathon distance by the end of this year.

To accomplish those goals, I will follow two training plans. The first plan will help me to land a better my time in the River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on May 12. After that, I’ll move in to a plan to help me get up to 13.1 mile runs.

weapon of choice: RunKeeper

When it comes to training plans, there are many options available. There are static plans that can be printed out for free; there are running coaches who will work with you directly to build you a plan; and there are apps that will generate a plan for you, based on your stated goals and self-reported history.

I’ve been using RunKeeper for logging my runs, and I love it. It works for me. (Note: I’m not getting paid to endorse, and it’s not like I have enough of a readership to make them any money anyhow.)

One feature that I hadn’t used until now: The phone app can generate a custom plan based on your stated goals and past distances.

For this year, I’ll use Runkeeper for both training plans. Fist step is to reach my goal time in the River Bank Run of 51:55. Let’s see if I can do this.

Photo credit: Madara Parma on Unsplash unsplash-logoMadara Parma

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