Marathon Series: Planning the Perfect Training Programme

Wednesday 22 April 2015 by

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Welcome back to week nineteen of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re talking about designing the perfect training programme.

Once you have your goal in sight, the next trick is to get there. You’re already running regularly, so the next trick is to run with purpose. So here are a few tips to create the perfect training plan for your runs…

Make it achievable

It’s no good making a training plan that you have no hope in keeping. Set an achievable plan that fits in with your life. Decide how many runs and how long you can dedicate each week and don’t be over ambitious. Regular running is more important than trying to run a whole marathon every day.

Know it by heart

From knowing exactly which days you plan to run to knowing which routes you’re going to take, make sure you know exactly what you’re doing week on week so you’re not caught out (and you can be flexible when you need to be).

Have weekly targets

Don’t get caught up with the big stuff. Aim to achieve something each week so you can feel good about your training and see tangible results. Remember to treat yourself when you reach your week’s goal!

Mix it up

Don’t just have the same old routine week in week out, you’re going to get bored and lose motivation. Mix them up, try adding different routes and routines and distances and you’ll never lose momentum.

Write it down

Seems obvious, right?  But trust me, you’ll never commit unless it’s right there in black and white. Put it somewhere obvious and you won’t be able to avoid it.

Do you have a training plan? What are your tricks to stick to it?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back soon, when we’re talking about pre-run fuel.

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