OLD SCHOOL V. NEW SCHOOL: Your Off Season Program

OLD SCHOOL:  After finishing your fall racing season, you dig out your winter training clothes from deep in your closet, cut back just a little bit on your running mileage, and push yourself out the door on those cold, dark mornings to get in your training runs.

NEW SCHOOL:  Use the off season to build a better foundation for the coming year.  The winter months are the perfect time to work on the kind of complete program I describe in Smart Marathon Training.  Cut back on your running and focus on building strength in your core, spending more time on building overall body strength, doing your running drills, and getting in some quality cross-training.  Not only will this make you a more fit runner for the next season, but it will provide you with a break from the same old grind.  If your last season culminated with a marathon, a break from the old routine is probably just what you need.

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About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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