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Proper Way to Combine Plans?

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    Charles
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    I will complete the 10K Level II run plan and race in a couple of weeks. I want to follow that with a 5K race seven weeks later and wold like to use the 5K Level III plan to prepare.

    I can add the 5K Plan to my Training Peaks Calendar by setting the end date to my 5K race. This will mean deleting a couple of weeks at the start of the to where I have only a week or so of training before starting the 5K race specific training.

    I was thinking to take a couple of days of complete rest and a couple of recovery run days, then jump right into the 5K Plan, but what is best practice?

    #14045
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Moderator

    It’s usually feasible to get two peak race performances off of one base, but not three. So, what you’re proposing ought to work. As I always feel compelled to say when I field versions of this question, if I were working with you one-on-one, I wouldn’t just grab the last 6.5 weeks of a prebuilt plan and slap them onto your calendar. Instead I would fill those 6.5 weeks with a bespoke plan that bore some resemblance to the last 6.5 weeks of a full 5K plan but was different in some important details. Again, though, what you’re proposing is basically fine. Just don’t try to do another “A” race without first completing a full base-building period.

    #14063
    Charles
    Participant

    Rats. I already registered for the 5k. It’s now a “B” race.

    Rather than make the same mistake twice, what would be a reasonable transition from plan-to-plan? Break after completing a plan; preparation; etc.? I’m interested in 5K, 10K, and (maybe) 1/2 Marathon plan combinations.

    Thanks, Charles

    #14071
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Moderator

    I think you misunderstood me. It’s totally doable to run a 5K as an “A” race seven weeks after running a 10K as an “A” race as long as there are no other “A” races completed at peak fitness prior to the 10K within the same cycle. All I meant to say is that you’d get slightly better results in the 5K with a seven-week plan created specifically for those exact conditions than you will get from a prebuilt plan with the base lopped off.

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