I usually follow a training plan of sorts, over the years these have taken on different formats
- Marathon number 1 I followed a plan in Non Runners Guide to Marathon Running- simply the best plan for that first time
- I have downloaded plans from Runners World Magazine web site
- I have placed them on the fridge ticking off the runs as I go
- I have placed a page on here, changing the font colour to red once done
- Last year I created my own plan for my first Ultra fitting it in around my life and using expert knowledge gleaned from the web
- January I created another plan, got injured and did not look at it again-not the ideal way to train!
What ever method chosen for me a plan is necessary it keeps me on the straight and narrow.
Recently I have tried something new. I have registered on Trainasone. Carla (lapsed blogger) told me about it when she came down for a weekend, apparently Rachel (also lapsed blogger) had used it and credited it with her recent GFA marathon time. Now I don’t have any aspirations for a GFA but this kind of plaudit needed to be followed up. Trainasone is web based and was free, now they are starting to charge. Basically you enter your goal EG race date and time to complete and it spits out a plan. They like you to do a couple of assessment runs and the plan adjusts from there. The night before a run it emails you to tell you what needs to be done and you can see the plan for up to two weeks ahead. If you have a new fancy Garmin you can even send the workout to your device, mine is not fancy, so I resort to writing the details on a piece of paper for reference, After the run, you get another email wanting you to confirm what you have done, it syncs with Strava after this syncs with Garmin!
So what do I think?
The Jury is out! The good parts
- Having the donkey work done for you
- The emails before and after
- Being able to see what is ahead
- Having it adjust depending I assume on performance
- I love the varied pacing of the runs and that it adjusts for the elevation locally!
- The charts!!!!
- The running maps- I love the places I have run maps-in Europe and UK! simply the best part!
The not so good parts
- Not being able to adapt the plan-I would like to be able to tell it I can’t do the run on a certain day and move it to an other
- If I pause the Garmin (comfort break) it counts this time, it works on the theory that this is resting time so needs to be counted I would argue that squatting somewhere is NOT rest!
- I have set the Goal of 50k for October. This weekend it wanted me to do a 1.2 mile recovery run-seriously who goes out for a 1.2 mile run???? Hardly worth getting the kit dirty in my opinion
- This weekend it wanted me to do very little, I ignored it and did 23 miles over the two days (ok badly but I did it), it now says I shouldn’t run till Wednesday! Mmmmmmm
- The charts………..for rocket scientists only!
Definitely a case of trail and error. Looking ahead it wants me to do some longer runs so I might do as I am told once we get there, no promises though!