Detailed Coaching Advice
THIS IS IT – Woo Hoooooo – you are ready to complete 5K (or 10K if you’ve been doing the added optional volume…) more comfortably and efficiently than you ever have before… and for many of you that will mean FASTER than you ever have before!
“If winning were easy, everyone would do it” . Kim Doren and Charlie Jones
"When you put your best foot forward...with anything...You are a Winner." Coach Lynn Be proud of your efforts and simply enjoy the journey of feeling good in the moment and reveling in your ability to move your body in the most natural way...putting one foot forward... and then the next...and the next... it's sounds simple but it's not... and you've done it!
DETAILED Coaching Advice: I hope you are feeling VERY good about yourself😊 You now have completed 3 sessions a week for 7 weeks, including an interval/change-of-pace workout every week with more volume AND quality than ever before. Your confidence will have grown considerably since Week #1! You KNOW your rhythm now at a comfortable “talking pace” … huffin’ and puffin’ is in the distant past… and you are relaxed when you run. You have learned what it means to progress with your efforts in those brisk intervals, and you have learned to find a personal pace you are in control of. You are able to adjust this pace according to what you are feeling, and according to how long the interval is. You feel more efficient when you run, and that efficiency now is such that you can hardly remember what it was like NOT to be comfortable on your easy runs. PLUS you look forward to the challenge in the change-of-pace workouts on Day 1 of each week. (right?) 😊
Caution - There can be a tendency to be over-confident! Be careful and honest – it’s so easy to add more time or to run a little too fast for yourself. And if somehow this program has been difficult for you, then remember you can always return to RunEasy and include more walking as you feel. If you are feeling great and would like to continue to progress with your efficiency and confidence, then you can always repeat and complete the RunStrong program over-and-over again. Remember, your Starting Point is never the same, therefore your experience will never be exactly-the-same. Running programs are cyclical and ideally follow a pattern of workouts so that all elements of the goal-distance are covered. When you repeat the program and complete workouts you’ve done before, the familiarity helps you to complete them with greater efficiency and/or faster than you ever have before.
If you’d like to progress to the Half (or Full? Wow!) Marathon… stay tuned – I’ll be loading my training programs soon!
If you’d like a personal program designed specifically for your own running and fitness goals, please know I’m always willing. It has been my privilege to coach every ability level from those just off the couch for fun and fitness to those that are at the highest level and headed to the Olympic Games. I’m available at firstname.lastname@example.org and happy to discuss personal planning options for any distance from 5K to the marathon or triathlon. (YES I am an avid triathlete myself…)
Training this week: Volume is less this week and your interval session should feel easy and fun so that you will be ready for your Event Day. Just nice 1-minute brisk intervals to remind you how you’ve learned to use your arms to increase your turnover, and run faster for yourself “without strain.” Careful not to go too fast – a one-minute interval is not a sprint. And there is only *1 minute of easy running recovery – Just enjoy it and stay comfortable! These 1 min. intervals will help your legs with a nice brisk turnover and leave them fresh for completing a 5K (or 10K) Event (virtual) if you’d like to test yourself this week.
Event Day advice: Careful not to start too fast ok? Download a GPS app if you’d like to measure exactly 5K (or 10K if you’ve been completing the longer volumes). (I like RunGo – it’s easy) Just find the rhythm you have been able to find in your workouts, and you’ll complete your distance more comfortably than you ever have before. If your result is faster than ever before then at this stage that is a huge bonus! Have confidence in your preparation. The hard work is done and it’s time for a little tester – a benchmark event time to build on for the next time around.
Congratulations! It has been my pleasure to guide you these last 8 weeks… please let me know how it goes! You can reach me for advice and consultation at email@example.com
Big Smiles as always,
Week 8 - Time for a Benchmark 5K or 10K... Enjoy how fit and efficient you have become... and have fun marking out a 5K or 10K and finding out how far you have come in your fitness:)
An easier week in store here... A familiar Interval session to boost your confidence... an easy recovery run, and then a tester over your choice distance...have fun and congratulations on your personal journey... remember it truly is your own and you can be proud of all your hard work these 8 weeks:)
A Familiar session just to build confidence and generate some nice comfortable turnover in the legs. Meant to feel easy and enjoyable. No strain! Stay comfortable ok?
Warm-up: Run slow and easy 10 minutes. Include your dynamic stretches.
1 min. Brisk Run - 1 min. easy peezy recovery run as you feel. Feel free to walk a bit after each interval and “ease” into your run recovery.
*Repeat this combination 5 times for 5K prep…8 times for 10K prep.
Cool-down: Run 10 min. easy peezy or do any WalkRun combination as you feel. Finish with static stretches.
Total Time: 30-36 min.
Easiest Day of the Week - Always a recovery from Day 1... But we are "resting" today and readying ourselves for your effort on your next session... so keep it light - the work is done!
Warm-up: Run slow & easy for 5 minutes. Include dynamic stretches.
Work-out: Run 20-30 min. steady and comfortable as you feel (OR alternate 10-and-ones 2 or 3 times through as you feel.) *This is meant to be an easy recovery day as always. *Choose less volume if you are preparing for the 5K distance or you are new to the program. Choose the longer option if you are preparing for 10K or are already running with experience and are used to this volume. "Less is more! We want you to feel rested for your benchmark 5 or 10K:)
Cool-down: Run slow & easy for 5 minutes. Finish with static stretches.
Total Time: 30-40 minutes
Woo Hooooo! A chance to check out your fitness over 5 or 10K... go for it and have fun - you've earned it! And if you don't feel like an actual event distance, then make it your own, and simply revel in your progress and have a good hard run over the distance you choose... it's YOUR journey:)
Warm-up: Run slow & easy for 5 minutes. Include dynamic stretches.
Work-out: This is it! Good luck with your event! 5 or 10K
*Don’t forget to warm-up with a run for at least 5-10 minutes and to do your dynamic stretches before you start your Event – just as you do for your workouts… Have fun!
*And if you'd just like to have a good workout without a measure... that's up to you... it's YOUR journey. So today it would make sense for those opting for lesser distance to run 30 minutes, and those opting for the longer 10K (ish) distance to run for 60 minutes.
Have fun - Be proud you've come this far... (I'd love to hear from you!)
Cool-down: Run slow & easy for 5 minutes. Finish with static stretches. *And treat yourself to a nice bath and stretch and DEFINITELY a good meal afterwards:)
Total Time: 50-70 minutes