When training for a race, it's vital to have a plan. With a multitude of options, we discuss the PRO's & CON'S of generic vs customised running programs.
Cost-effective (They are often free)
More structure than weekly improvisation or scattered sessions in group settings
May begin at a level that is too advanced, or below the current fitness level
Lack of flexibility to arrange around individual circumstances
Lack of feedback on your progress & inability to ask questions
Who is a generic program best suited for?
Someone who has run a number of races over the distance
Someone who is currently financially limited
Recommended generic programs
Customised program from a coach
Individualized to your needs (Eg. Training availability, available equipment/facilities, personal preferences)
Targeted to improve the individual’s strengths and weaknesses (Eg. Injuries, strength, mobility, fitness levels)
A coach keeps you accountable & you can skip the trial and error process by learning from them
A larger financial investment
Who is a customised program best suited for?
Someone who is managing or returning from an injury
Intermediate/advanced level runners who want to achieve their next PB
Beginners who want to safely increase their training and know they have a steep learning curve
Someone who wants to achieve their best and test their potential
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