Everyone’s training journey is different. But there are some recurring challenges and questions that many runners encounter along the way. Here’s how to understand and overcome these common hurdles on your road to race day.
IF YOUR SCHEDULE DOES NOT MATCH THE TRAINING SCHEDULE,
Adjust the training schedule to your needs. No training plan, especially not a generic one-size-fits-all plan, should ever be seen as written in stone. Instead, look at this training program as written in pencil wherein you have the ability to make adjustments as you see fit. Only you know exactly how you feel on a day-to-day basis. For best results, be sure to space out hard efforts like workouts and Long Runs. Use the Recovery Runs and Rest Days to allow your body to recharge from the harder efforts.
IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO FIGURE OUT YOUR PACE,
Then experiment until you find it! When you’re out running, you run on feel. You have different gears whether you realize it or not. Be patient, pay attention and have fun experimenting with your comfort level while running at different speeds across different distances. Use an activity tracking app like Strava or MapMyRun while you run to keep track of your paces, and use our Pace Chart guidelines to find your pace targets.
IF YOU’RE TIRED,
Do your best to figure out why. Feeling fatigued is normal as your training progresses, but make sure you’re supporting yourself in all other aspects of your life: get enough sleep, eat right, hydrate properly, respect Recovery days and wear the proper shoes. Sometimes the best training is to focus on recovery and rest.
IF YOU LACK MOTIVATION,
Look for inspiration. That's one of the main reasons we started Runaround! Lean in to being a part of the Runaround Community, our Coaches, the Zoom Happy Hours, and dedicated Slack channel! Inspiration can also be found where you least expect to find it – like on a run that you don’t want to do. And remember, if you are willing to look for motivation that means you’ve already got some! Be kind and patient with yourself… and you’ll find that inspiration and motivation you need.
IF YOU HAVE A TERRIBLE RUN,
Move on to the next one. Some runs are just terrible – sometimes there’s no reason, sometimes there is. Take a moment to see if there’s a reason and learn something about yourself if there is. Being comfortable with a bad run is just as important as the joy of a great run.
IF YOU’RE HURT,
Stop running. There is a difference between hurting and being hurt. It’s essential to listen to and learn from your body throughout your training. Sometimes missing a few miles in the now lets you run more, better miles in the future. We know it’s not easy for an athlete to hold back or take some days off. Especially when most of our training is done virtually, it is important you look at yourself as both an athlete and a coach - dedicated as the athlete, compassionate as the coach.
IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO ADJUST THE RECOMMENDED TRAINING ON ANY GIVEN DAY,
Adjust! Remember, all of our training plans are meant to function as a guide. The daily training recommended is meant to serve as a starting point for you each day. We hope to give you the guidance you need to be able to determine when to push forward, when to pull back and when it is best to maintain. The best coach for you is you because you know your fitness better than anyone else. Some days you will run the recommended training and other days you will run more or less. Listen to your body.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO RACE,
Give yourself time to recover–beforehand and afterwards. You may want to back off in terms of distance or pace a few days prior to the race. Be sure to give yourself a few days of rest and recovery after it’s over, too (regardless of whether or not you consider it a successful race).