4 - Peak for Your Running Race (6 runs per week)

Average Weekly Training Hours 03:27
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 03:27
Training Load By Week

Runners, customize your training with four step-by-step training plan modules:

1 – Establish Your Base

2 – Develop Your Base

3 – Build Upon Your Base

4 – Peak for Your Race

This 4-week training plan (“4 – Peak for Your Race”) is the final training block in a 4-module series. Together, the four modules provide you with the key training blocks and workouts to progress through your season from base training to racing.

Use this 4-week training block after you’ve completed the first three training plan modules. This plan provides you with a 3-week taper to your target race, followed by a post-race recovery week.

Where you go from here depends on where you are in your season.

If you have two or more closely spaced A-level races, maintain your peak fitness by repeating the second or third weeks of this plan.

If you’re in the middle of the season and your next A-level race occurs later in the year; return to one of the first two base building modules after one or two recovery weeks. Then build from there to your target race or races at the end of the season.

If you’re at the end of your season; take a week off plus several unstructured easy weeks to refresh physically and mentally before beginning the new season by returning to the first base training module.

Suggested distances/durations for each workout are provided along with guidelines for modifying key interval workouts; allowing you to adjust up or down according to your personal starting point, rate of progression, and the race distance you are training for.

Together, all four modules in the series provide you with the basic training blocks you need to implement the approach detailed in The Triathlete's Training Guide by coach Adam Hodges.

To get the most out of this plan, use it along with the information in the book and the resources found on the Alp Fitness website (alpfitness.com). Train smart!

Sample Day 1
0:30:00
Run (Easy with Striders & Drills)

This is an easy run with a focus on striders and drills.

After you're warmed up, do 4-6 x short acceleration striders. Start off easy and gradually pick up your pace until you're at full speed. Hold it for up to 10 seconds. Then wind it back down.

Then, spend 5-10 minutes on the following drills before finishing the remainder of the run in Zones 1-2.
- Loosening Skips
- Side Skips
- Carioca, or Grapevine with High Knee
- A Skip
- B Skip
- Straight Leg Run
- Butt Kicks
- High Knees
- Ankling
(see drill descriptions under "Exercise or Interval" tab)

Sample Day 1
0:20:00
Strength (Core/Legs)

Perform one set of each exercise, moving from one to the next in a circuit. As you advance, repeat the circuit. Add weight/resistance or reps as needed to perform each exercise to fatigue. Always perform exercises with perfect form.
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CORE/LEGS
For descriptions and demos of these exercises, see:
https://www.alpfitness.com/tag/functional-strength-videos/
1. Good mornings -- 8-12 reps
2. Squats* -- 8-12 reps
3. Superman -- 8-12 reps
4. Glute bridge* -- 8-12 reps
5. Front plank -- 30-90 seconds
6. Donkey kicks -- 8-12 per leg
7. Side plank -- 30 seconds per side
8. Hip abductions (lying) -- 8-12 reps per leg
*As you advance, perform single leg squats and single leg glute bridges.
As you advance, replace 5 & 6 with the Front Plank with Straight Leg Hip Extension; and replace 7 & 8 with the Side Plank with Hip Abduction.
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This is about making your muscles "smarter" (as well as stronger).
What are "smarter" muscles?
Read http://www.alpfitness.com/make-your-muscles-smarter/

Sample Day 2
0:45:00
Run (VO2 Intervals 3/2)

This workout will help to improve your aerobic capacity.

Once you are thoroughly warmed up (15-25 minutes), do 2-4 x 3 min work interval in Zone 5b followed by 2 min recovery interval.

When finished with the intervals, do the remainder of the run at an easy pace (Zones 1-2) ensuring that you complete an adequate warm down (at least 10 minutes).

As always, focus on keeping a high cadence, including during the recovery intervals (think short but quick steps to keep your cadence steady during recovery periods).

Sample Day 3
0:30:00
Run (Easy with Striders & Drills)

This is an easy run with a focus on striders and drills.

After you're warmed up, do 4-6 x short acceleration striders. Start off easy and gradually pick up your pace until you're at full speed. Hold it for up to 10 seconds. Then wind it back down.

Then, spend 5-10 minutes on the following drills before finishing the remainder of the run in Zones 1-2.
- Loosening Skips
- Side Skips
- Carioca, or Grapevine with High Knee
- A Skip
- B Skip
- Straight Leg Run
- Butt Kicks
- High Knees
- Ankling
(see drill descriptions under "Exercise or Interval" tab)

Sample Day 3
0:20:00
Strength (Core/Legs)

Perform one set of each exercise, moving from one to the next in a circuit. As you advance, repeat the circuit. Add weight/resistance or reps as needed to perform each exercise to fatigue. Always perform exercises with perfect form.
================
CORE/LEGS
For descriptions and demos of these exercises, see:
https://www.alpfitness.com/tag/functional-strength-videos/
1. Good mornings -- 8-12 reps
2. Squats* -- 8-12 reps
3. Superman -- 8-12 reps
4. Glute bridge* -- 8-12 reps
5. Front plank -- 30-90 seconds
6. Donkey kicks -- 8-12 per leg
7. Side plank -- 30 seconds per side
8. Hip abductions (lying) -- 8-12 reps per leg
*As you advance, perform single leg squats and single leg glute bridges.
As you advance, replace 5 & 6 with the Front Plank with Straight Leg Hip Extension; and replace 7 & 8 with the Side Plank with Hip Abduction.
=================
This is about making your muscles "smarter" (as well as stronger).
What are "smarter" muscles?
Read http://www.alpfitness.com/make-your-muscles-smarter/

Sample Day 4
0:45:00
Run (VO2 Intervals 4/3)

This workout will help to improve your aerobic capacity.

Once you are thoroughly warmed up (15-25 minutes), do 2-4 x 4 min work interval in Zone 5b followed by 3 min recovery interval.

When finished with the intervals, do the remainder of the run at an easy pace (Zones 1-2) ensuring that you complete an adequate warm down (at least 10 minutes).

As always, focus on keeping a high cadence, including during the recovery intervals (think short but quick steps to keep your cadence steady during recovery periods).

Sample Day 5
0:30:00
Run (Easy with Striders & Drills)

This is an easy run with a focus on striders and drills.

After you're warmed up, do 4-6 x short acceleration striders. Start off easy and gradually pick up your pace until you're at full speed. Hold it for up to 10 seconds. Then wind it back down.

Then, spend 5-10 minutes on the following drills before finishing the remainder of the run in Zones 1-2.
- Loosening Skips
- Side Skips
- Carioca, or Grapevine with High Knee
- A Skip
- B Skip
- Straight Leg Run
- Butt Kicks
- High Knees
- Ankling
(see drill descriptions under "Exercise or Interval" tab)

Adam Hodges
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Alp Fitness

With credentials from USA Triathlon and the American College of Sports Medicine, All-American triathlete and XTERRA SoCal Trail Series champion, Adam Hodges, PhD, provides training plans and educational resources to help you achieve success in triathlons, running and life. His coaching vision is based on the belief that the ultimate reward of training is the continual process of self-discovery and personal growth that arises out of athletic challenges. Learn more at alpfitness.com.