In the last column, we discussed how reflection of 2016 leads to 2017 action. I asked you to plan some destinations(goals) for 2017. This column will help you create the road map to your destination.
Before we start the road trip (training plan), we need to have a destination(goal). Is it your first 5k, half marathon, marathon, or ultra? Are you aiming for a personal record or out there for the experience?
When choosing a destination(goal) it is important to consider other factors. Is your vehicle(body) fine-tuned and ready for the new adventure? Or does it need some required maintenance that you have been avoiding? Starting a road trip (training plan) with faulty parts (aches/pains) may lead to an accident (injury) down the road.
Are you trying to get to the destination as soon as possible or can you take the scenic route? The time available between now and your goal can significantly alter the training plan. Are you speeding to your destination? No need to get pulled over by the police! Doing too much too soon can cause injury and prevent you from ever reaching the destination.
Are there any known detours or construction zones that may interfere with the trip? Family commitments, work obligations, and vacations, need to be considered when creating a training plan.
Are there any planned stops along the route? Perhaps there is another event you would like to participate in before reaching the destination. Having planned stops can help maintain motivation during the long trip. These can also help make sure that you are staying on the right route (progression of training plan).
Are you a NASCAR driver? Or did you just receive your license? Your experience is going to determine the kind of driving you will be doing. Adding in speed workouts, hills, and long runs is dependent on your previous experience and future goals.
Unsure how to get to your destination or getting tired of the same old route? We create a customized GPS route for your destination. Training plans are tailored specifically to your race goals. We factor in previous experience and current work/life factors to make sure that you get to your destination.
Now that we have the destination and route planned, we need to make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape to get you there! Stay tuned for the next column!
For all your running aches/pains and coaching needs, contact Dr. Jake Hegge PT, CSCS at firstname.lastname@example.org