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SwimRun (Swim Run) Short Distance - 12 weeks (Standard Plan for ~12-16 km Race; Saturday Event)

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SwimRun (Swim Run) Short Distance - 12 weeks (Standard Plan for ~12-16 km Race; Saturday Event)


Alyssa Morrison, OT, MBA

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12 Weeks

Plan Description

SwimRun events have exploded all around the world! However, they are unlike any ordinary aquathlon.  The main goal of this training program is to provide you the opportunity to successfully participate in the momentum of one of the fastest growing, exhilarating endurance sports, SwimRun.


Designed for the novice to intermediate SwimRun athlete, here are the specifics of the 12-week training program:
• Progression through two build cycles and one race specific cycle, all followed by a recovery week.  Five hours (minimum) to 8 hours 45 minutes (maximum) time requirement per week prior to tapering and racing. 
• Each week typically consists of 2-3 swim workouts, 3-4 run workouts, 2 strength training workouts and at least 1 SwimRun race specific workout.  One day per week, Friday, is designated as a day off.  However, this rest day can be flexible as your schedule requires and guidance is offered to adjust for this need.
• Six SwimRun focused workouts to be completed with your teammate emphasizing transitions and appropriate, compatible pacing. 
• Training plan starts on a Monday. Therefore, it can be applied to start on any Monday or it can be set to end on race day. 
• Training plan assumes your target race is on a Saturday.
• Training plan uses common language and little to no abbreviations to try to decipher.
• Training plan is reusable. 

• Prior to beginning this training program, you should be able to complete a 30 minute or approximately 1200 yard (or meter) swim and a 30 minute run.  
• Training program will build you up to 3200 yards (or meters), 75 minutes of running and 2 hours 30 minutes of SwimRun race specific training.


Purchase of this training plan includes the following:
• Extensive, educational 70+ page SwimRun Athlete’s Guide. For more details on what is included, please send an inquiry to review the Table of Contents.
• Comprehensive glut activation exercise document
• Online, supplementary videos for swim and run drills and mechanics. 
• Email access to the coach and author for questions, concerns or guidance. 


Please email Coach AJ at: or or visit us on the web at

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x3
02:06:00 01:15:00
Swim x3
02:25:00 01:25:00
Strength x2
00:56:00 00:30:00
Day Off x1
—— ——
Brick x1
01:05:00 02:30:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
02:06:00 01:15:00
02:25:00 01:25:00
00:56:00 00:30:00
Day Off
—— ——
01:05:00 02:30:00

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Alyssa (AJ) Morrison

Multisport In Motion

Multisport training for novice to experienced athletes with an injury prevention focus

Injury is devastating to an athlete’s physical and mental health. With an educational background and clinical practice in rehabilitating athletes, we understand the athlete’s need to overcome dysfunction, minimize injury, refine biomechanics and foster optimal performance.

Personalized training is also available for those athletes with a chronic injury history or desire a more individualized approach.

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