Hi, been running for a couple of years (now 49) and started doing proper training last March… This wasn’t a specific 80-20 plan, but it did have that balance of easy to hard runs. Between March and July my 5k time went from 25 minutes to 22 minutes!
Anyway, having had a bit of hamstring trouble last summer (running downhill is very bad if you live somewhere without hills!), I’m now restarting my plan again, which is based around a 12 week volume building period followed by a 12 week 10k plan.
Anyway, long story short, I’m coming back to make decisions about what I should plan for in the long term and how I should build plans together for the long term. I’d like to be able to get 5k, 10k and half PBs over the next year and maybe try a marathon next year. But actually I’m pretty happy just training and making progress…
I just wondered whether there was any literature about how to build longer term training plans, what are you supposed to do after finishing the 6week 5k training plan? Start again!
I think the best resource for learning how to build your own annual training plan is Joe Friel’s Triathlete’s Training Bible. Sure, you’re a runner, but the concepts in that book still apply. Chapters 7-9 of that book (3rd Edition) is exactly what you are looking for.