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October 01, 2009


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Jason Massie

Hey Paul- Brad Hudson says that there "are a great many variables, including running experience; training history; relative speed, strength, and endurance; injury patterns; recovery capacity; and others that combine to make each individual runner unique. For this reason, the ideal training approach for each runner is also unique. No two runners should train in precisely the same way." The most valuable resource that a coach or friend can offer another runner is simply another perspective.

I think the advantage of reviewing a number of training plans, and trying them out, is that it gives you a chance to compare them against one another. You never know if there is a better way until you try. BUT, I believe the worst thing you can do is flip back and forth to various plans to where you aren't following anybody's perspective and your performances don't net the results you want.

I was once a Pfitzinger/Douglas disciple, but would customize printed plans to fit my own circumstances. Then I read Hudson and he helped me to understand that if I didn't have a coach I needed to be my own coach.

So you are exactly right, don't keep up with the Joneses because they are following their own plan, but use what they have shared for perspective.

I think the biggest thing I can provide a guy like you, or my other running friends, is a shared commitment to improving performance through hard work, determination, desire, and perseverance.

Sometimes the "if he can do it, I can do it" mantra also works. You don't want to be left off the Boston 2010 train, do you? I certainly don't (and many friends who have already qualified are reminding me of that daily as they talk airfare and hotels in Boston in front of me).

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