Plan Starting Fitness Level

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    pdub49
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    I’ve noticed that in the plan overviews on Training Peaks, most (maybe all) running plans say “Before beginning this plan you should be running x days a week for up to x minutes” For example, “4 days a week up to 45 minutes.”

    I’m wondering what the “up to” means. For my example would that mean that each of the 4 runs a week should be 45 mins? Or at least one of the runs should be 45 mins? Or something else entirely?

    Looking at the plan I can get a pretty good sense of what level will work for me, but since that information is there, I’d love to use it to help me dial in the correct level.

    #20252
    Charles
    Participant

    Some descriptions can provide a bit more guidance. My 5k Level III plan suggest that some higher intensities be included in your current training efforts.

    I personally like to load my training plans a couple of weeks in advance of the start date in order to do a couple of the workouts and get some reassurance I am not wasting effort with a plan I cannot complete.

    Today I completed the first microcycle for the Level III Master 5K plan. I knew I was entering the plan with very little recent III & above running intensities, and I struggled. In terms of volume, I was good and although I was not happy with my Zone IV & V efforts I am confident I will hit them in the subsequent cycles. I trust the periodization, but I was really uncomfortable being uncomfortable.

    In terms of numbers my CTL jumped 5 points; about my limit…

    So… It is really something that depends on experience and attitude.

    #20261
    Leyla Porteous
    Keymaster

    Hi pdub49.

    The before using this plan advice in that instance is running for times a week with at least one of the runs up to 45mins. This just ensure that you are staring a plan with a base of fitness so that there isn’t a large jump in volume in the first few weeks.

    Coach Leyla

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