The target time for a race. How to outline it?

Running is a big thing. Running is your health, your mood, and your life expectancy. I remember as I saw some TV program, where one Italian couple was interviewed. A man looking somewhere 60 years old was accompanied by a woman in her 80 ties. Both of them were asked what they thought about the families where one spouse was considerably older than the second one. The woman kept silence but the man on reflection smiled a bit. He said that he could not comment this question because in their family he was a peer with his wife. But she looks a bit older because twenty years ago she stopped running and he kept on doing it on a regular basis.


So, if you are a runner or just going to become a runner, you should not set too ambitious plans for your daily runs. Everything starts with an introduction. All of us have a different background, health condition, sports experience. You are to test your body, at first, and to start running just for pleasure, not forgetting, at the same time, to look from time to time at your watch. One mile, that`s not bad, three miles, that`s good, five miles, that`s excellent. You make acquaintance with your health condition, emotional state, your initial time. For long distances, one beat of your heart goes with one step. Old practice but still effective.

After that, it is desirable to start running 3-4 times a week. 25-35 miles a week is a good choice. You can do it personally or in some running group, together with neighbors or buddies from your block of houses. You never forget about checking your time and gauging your fitness. If you suddenly get an idea to take part in some future race, 3-5% improvement of your initial time on a weekly basis will be a good thing. In this case, you even could start composing your own running diary. In the left column you could put all your time results, starting from your initial time, and in the right column you could put down your comments. In a week or two, it would be a high time to draw your own individual race plan. On the one hand, you could ask some specialist to do it, on the other hand, you could trust yourself and shape your own vision of your future race goals.

At last, the moment would come, when you start thinking about the target time for the race, where you would like to take park. Though this question is just a bit vexed, rely on your own intuition and your own experience. Nobody knows your fitness condition better than you. If you plan to run some 10 km race, divide it into several smaller distances, and set an interim target time for every 2, 3 or 5 km distance. It will help you psychologically because if you start thinking just only about your finish time, you could burn yourself just before the race. Your target time should not differ greatly from your training results. 3% approach is one of the best choices. Don`t plan to die on this distance just to break some record. It is better to get a pleasure from running, socializing with happy sports nuts, and improving your own marks.

How to Plan Your Weekly Mileage

Our changing lifestyles in what we eat and how we work over the years means we have become more susceptible to increased health threats. These health risks include overweight or obesity, cancer and heart diseases. The application of a good and sound physical exercise regime would help in improving your health by reducing the risks aforesaid.

Most people who participate in physical activity prefer running because it is fairly simple and cheaper for example when compared to gym exercise. Apart from helping you in managing your weight (burning calories), lowering blood pressure and strengthening your bones and joints, running has also been understood to be crucial in you feeling better or great.


One thing to observe is that, if you have never participated in a running activity, it is important that you gradually ease yourself into it to prevent injuries and exhaustion. This can be achieved by doing a few light exercises and covering smaller and fewer distances. This phase is often called as base building. Ultimately after base building, you would want to increase your subsequent weekly mileage, like all other professional runners. And that is the single most challenge facing runners who are greenhorns. The widely held practice is that you should never increase your weekly mileage by more than 10% for each week.

The only way to improve your weekly mileage by same intensity is by improving your performance (more energy or endurance). So how do you know or measure whether you are improving in performance or making progress? A Weekly Mileage plan becomes a necessity.

30 milesThere are various principles governing a weekly mileage plan, as they tend to differ from one individual to another.For instance, if you plan to run a 30 miles distance in a week, it is important that you are able to spread the work all around. Seven days is a lengthy time.You don’t want to be in a situation whereby you cover most of the distance within a few days and cover the rest of the distance within the remaining days. Such a mode of operation may increase your risks of injury or you become fatigued. Don’t surprise your body functioning, give it time to adjust. Another equally important principle is to be able to space the hardest days in your plan uniformly apart.

In the case of 30 miles for a week to be covered for example, a simple and typical weekly mileage plan can look like the one below, minus workouts or strength exercise obviously. In some instances some relaxation parts can be fixed with light or heavy workout or they go hand in hand.

I. Monday-Relax

II. Tuesday –cover 5 miles

III. Wednesday-Cover 7 miles

IV. Thursday-cover 5 miles

V. Friday-Relax

VI. Saturday-Cover 10 miles

VII. Sunday-cover 3 miles

Any subsequent weeks increase in mileage as had already been aforementioned, should be at the rate of 10%.For example if your first week mileage plan was the one above,of 30 miles,your second week plan should be 40 miles,and your third week to be 50 miles and so on and so forth.

In conclusion, one thing that we must be able to understand in coming up with weekly mileage plans is the fact that our bodies respond differently to any stimuli it is subjected to. These stimuli may include; the surface of running, weekly workload and workout intensity. It’s for that reason that there’s no single perfect plan or template for all runners. It is incumbent upon you to be able to understand and listen to your body or to the advice of your trainer to come up with a suitable weekly mileage plan.