There are many training plans available on the internet. How do you know which one is right for you? There are a few questions you need to answer before selecting your plan:
1. Are you a new runner?
If you are a new runner, this is the perfect time to start. There a many good training plans out there for you. A great way to start is with a walk/run program. Walk/run programs gradually get your body ready to run and make sure you do not injure yourself. Jeff Galloway has been a running coach for more than 40 years and has free walk/run training plans to get you started. www.jeffgalloway.com/training
2. Did you run your first marathon and are looking to get a better time or change your training?
www.Runningtrainingplan.com has a variety of programs to help you reach a specific time or distance. They break their plans up into two-week segments and show you the distance or time you should be running, explain how your body is changing and discuss how you should be feeling.
3. Are you an advanced runner looking to break your PR or qualify for the Boston Marathon?
When you are selecting an advanced training program, be cautious when it comes to free programs. Many of the free programs are not programmed properly for all runners. RunCoach does a great job of giving all runners, from beginner to advanced, the most personal training plan possible. They ask a set of questions to evaluate where you are now, so they can properly advance you to the next step. Runners World also has a nice selection of plans. You can get a pre-programmed plan or a personal plan on the website. These two websites do have a cost, but they are very reasonable (between $25 and $60).