Ambivalent about forming any 2021 training plans, I decided none the less to use one of Garmin’s automated training plans to build up for a hypothetical half marathon by the start of next year. Being in shape to run a half by January would get me in line to be ready for a late spring marathon… if coronavirus allows it to happen.
(Incidentally, BBSC Endurance currently plans to host the Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon and other races on January 9, 2021, which incidentally fell 18 weeks after I had started the half marathon program. So, if that Half Marathon happens, it would be a good goal race. We’ll see.)
Garmin’s automated training plans prep for either the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon distance. You select a desired training schedule and time goal. You choose from one of three coaches, whose identity determines the algorithm that automatically prepares your training schedule. Garmin then has you do a brief 5 minute “benchmark run” to estimate your current fitness, from which your initial workout distances, intensities, schedules, etc, are set. This benchmark also clues you into how realistic your chosen pace goal may be.
I’ve built my own training schedules for years, but for many reasons decided this time around I’d prefer to let Garmin build it for me.
- I have more schedule flexibility.
- I’m doing other strength and cross training
- Garmin tends to book shorter workouts, which is easier to get done.
- I’m studying for certifications and working on other projects.
- I wanted to train and build volume, but didn’t want to worry too much about how to go about it.
- Not to mention… with coronavirus cancelling everything for a while, I had nothing to lose in trying things this way.
So this time around I used an automated plan.
Garmin’s three choices for coaching styles are:Continue reading