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Finding The Right Training Plan For Success

Finding the right plan or trainer is vital for success. In my unprofessional opinion, there is no one-size-fits-all. Everyone is different. Everyone has different needs. What may work for one might not work for you. What I have found to be the most important thing is listen to your body, listen to your heart, and follow your gut. If a book, a free plan off the Internet, or a trainer is telling you that you must do this exact thing to reach your goal, and your body is telling you otherwise, my suggestion is to listen to your body, and reevaluate.

Missing several key runs would probably result in a different goal. But missing a few runs here or modifying something there, in my opinion doesn't necessarily constitute redefining what your goal of the race should be. So don't let a trainer or any plan dictate what you think your goal may be. If you are working with a trainer, I would suggest talking to them to let them know your concerns. Open communication is super important.
If your body truly can't handle high mileage, and the trainer insists that high mileage is the only way to reach your goal, abort. Abort the plan. Take a different path before you reach a point that you hate running, and more importantly lose confidence in yourself as a runner. It's no fault of the trainer, no fault of the plan, and no fault with yourself, it's just that at this time it's not a good fit for you. But there is a plan for you, you just have to find it.

You know you better than anyone else.

In my opinion, giving total trust to a plan or a trainer over trusting yourself and your gut instinct is dangerous. I think that it's great to follow a plan, have a direction and advice from knowledgeable people, but I think listening to your own body is key. And that can be hard to do if you are a 'pleaser' like me.

I'm still recovering from injury, so at this time I'm not really sure what my "plan" is that's going to work for me. I plan to try the Run Less Run Faster method (although probably modified to some extent). I enjoy speed work. I enjoy faster paced runs. So I think this would probably fit best with me and my current mental state with lack of confidence in myself in running.

However, with a hamstring pull, speed work is not advisable. So right now I'm just trying to listen to my body, heal, and then I'll look at the next step. 

You are unique; find the right plan for you!

I want to hear from you. Do you currently work with a trainer or use a training plan?

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