When it comes to training for a race there isn’t a “one size fits all” training plan or schedule. This is especially true for longer races like 10k – marathon.
The fact is, we all varying goals, running & injury history. Also our schedules and availability to workout can differ from week to week. I’m not saying you must spend a lot of money on coach, but I strongly recommend getting a personalized plan that’s tailored to your specific needs, athletic abilities and goals.
In the following the article, Sondre Norstad Moen, an elite athlete from Norway, discusses his training and in particular his history of dealing with injuries. I get it that very people can be as accomplished as Sondre, but his message is that despite his amazing times, he was still getting hurt. Training wasn’t as simple as “do what the Kenyan’s do.” This mentality was leading to injuries. In order for Sondre to have sustained superior performances, year-after-year, he needed to work with his coach, the famed Italian, Renato Canova, who he claims is more like a tailor than a coach, because “it’s never one size fits all.”
The average middle age athlete needs to use the same strategy. Off the shelf/free training plans may work the 1st few races, but eventually, the fact that “life happens” will require some change to your plans.
Click through to read out Sondre’s love of long distance.