Training Plans

How to Lay Out Your Training Phases

HOW TO LAY OUT YOUR TRAINING PHASES

You can vary things to fit your unique physiology, but for a typical athlete with some background in other sports, but new to running, this system works best.

Season 1 (new to running): One annual cycle focused on building aerobic strength, with six months in foundation, six months in endurance and resilience.

Season 2 (advanced beginner): Two six-month cycles focused on doing some races and getting faster, with three months in foundation, two months in endurance and resilience and one month in workout.

Season 3 (more experienced trail runner): Two six-month cycles focused on doing more races, with two months in foundation, two months in endurance and resilience and two months in workouts and taper.

Season 4 and beyond (very experienced trail runner): Three four-month cycles focused on reaching potential, with one month in foundation, one month in endurance and resilience and two months in workouts and taper.