Whether you’re prepping for a 5k or your next marathon, reaching a personal best will require you to build more stamina and power (in addition to honing your pacing strategy). If you’d like to set a personal record, this plan will help you overcome plateaus and guide you there.
This Personal Best Training Plan builds consistent, frequent runs into your schedule and complements those runs with strength-building workouts for truly explosive power.
How the Running Plan is Structured
The Personal Best Training Plan is a holistic running program based on four pillars: nutrition, mindset, movement and recovery. You’ll receive some quick, easy-to-follow guidance on setting micro goals to help get you in the right mindset for better performance on race day. You’ll also get some easy-to-follow tips on how to monitor your nutrition and “eat for impact.”
The plan is separated into two phases. Phase one will help you get into a routine of runs and workouts that push your fitness and speed. Phase two will make you amp up the effort, pushing you out of your comfort and into where the magic happens and personal records are reached. Each phase lasts three weeks and includes both strength training and running sessions with adequate time for recovery. Most importantly, each workout you do will start with a proper warm-up to prep your body for exercise and finish with a recovery session.
Prepare For Your Run
The pros will tell you that warming up before a run is critical to achieving a personal record. It helps you calm and focus your mind while preparing your body for the work ahead. Use the video below during your running program.
Cool Down and Recovery
Because you’re training more often in order to reach your personal best, you need to make sure you cool down properly for faster recovery. Use the cool-down video below to stretch and lengthen your muscles. You may also want to consider foam rolling and fascia training.