There comes a time when the questions arises: when should a runner change the training plan. Inevitably, we runners reach a point where the same things are no longer working to move us closer to our desired results. How do we know when it’s time to switch things up?
When You’re Bored
Sometimes, the simplest answer is the right one, and boredom is a great reason to make a switch. When you get out there, day after day, repeating the same workouts and sticking with everything you know, you can absolutely start to feel burned out and unmotivated. Take a look at your training plan to see how you can give yourself a refresh in order to change your perspective on your running journey.
When You’re Ready To Try Something New
Everyone needs a change of scenery or plan and when the same ol’ is too much of the same, it’s a great times to flip the script. There are plenty of ways to mix up your running plans, and training will have to adjust accordingly. Don’t feel compelled to keep your running the same, indefinitely! There are so many terrains, distances, and challenges to explore.
When You’re Injured
An injured runner is a runner who needs to change the training plan. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it will likely happen to all of us at some point along the way. The severity of the injury will have everything to do with how your training plan will change, but most likely, you’ll have to step back miles and cut down on speed while you’re recovering.
When You’re Not Hitting Your Goals
It is very possible to hit plateaus with running, and there may come a time where the same training doesn’t yield the same results. This is the ideal time for a runner to change the training plan. On your own, or with a running coach, take some time to do a deep dive into your training, analyze where things are off track, and come back with a plan more in line with what you hope to accomplish.
When do you find it necessary to change up your training plan?
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