Aiming for time


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    Hey 80/20ers,

    I have an interesting question for everyone, coaches probably more aimed at you. I am prepping for an event in 12 months and have some goal times that I am aiming for.

    The goal is 10km in 40min.

    I am on a level 1 power plan for the un leg at the moment as i am wanting to build up. obviously consistancy will be the kwy. that will be a pb for me too. Thoughts on this method chasing a time or just ride the journey?



    Coaches can provide the best options for you. I’m just sharing my experience and opinions.

    With 12 months you have a lot of options. If you are in the population of younger runners (let’s say under 40 years of age), I believe you can achieve your goal by just being consistent with your training. Maybe work your way up the Maintenance Plan levels 1-III, then enter a 10K Plan. Just pay attention to nutrition and health and you should be able reach your goal.

    I’m at the crossroads transitioning from contender to curiosity (very few runners in my age category) and require a more structured approach. I use the goal based programs. I’m following a long range plan similar to what your are doing, I’m targeting a 10-mile race spring next year. I did the Run Faster plan followed by the Stamina Plan earlier this year. I am currently mid plan for a 5k Race, and plan to transition to a plan for my 10 miler based on lessons learned from my 5k race results.

    I’m actually having a very easy time with the 5k Plan because of the preparation with the goal based plans. My philosophy is speed first, then stamina, finally race specific. I don’t know if that’s the best.

    It takes time and work, but it works. Good luck.

    Leyla Porteous

    Hi Ben,
    Outcome goals are not a bad thing at all and can be very motivating. When the race or the goal is a fair way off where you are today, then process goals are essential in order to move you towards this outcome goal.
    So in short, the time based goal is a great outcome goal target, but be sure to focus your day to day training on process goals focused on training intensity balance, recovery and progression.

    Happy Training

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