Sometimes it’s nice to turn on the taps, push yourself outside your comfort zone and achieve something you weren’t quite sure was possible. How you go about doing this can spell the difference between success and not meeting your expectations.
It goes without saying that if your goal isn’t easy, you will need train to increase your performance and achieve success. We must be clever with our training time, listen to our bodies and avoid over training to remain injury free and on the right side of tired after your runs. Training should be specific and tailored to your goals rather than generalised for someone else.
If you have searched “10 weeks to marathon”, or “how to train for an ultra race”, you’ll know there are numerous ready-made plans out there created to suit ‘everyone’. While these can be a good place to start your plan, they do not take into consideration many important factors such as training age, prior experience, current fitness levels, potential illness or injury, personal goals and the race itself. Many plans will dictate distances, but ignore terrain and elevation, and you can be sure they won’t take your personal availability into account. Significantly, trail races can’t be broken down into a specific set of numbers and training targets in the way road marathons can. Whilst the Melbourne Marathon is similar to the Gold Coast Marathon, The North Face 100 is very different to the Glasshouse 100.
If you are keen to make a serious commitment to achieving a goal at the best of your ability, we can work with you to make an efficient and effective plan and see you through to a successful finish. We won’t just lump you into ‘beginner’, ‘average’ or ‘expert’ runner categories and ship you a ‘go to’ training schedule. We will take the time to write a training plan specifically for you and monitor how you progress through your training journey.
To create a training program, we will first have a consultation to map out your background, current activities, commitments and of course, your goals. From this we will create a training overview and check to make sure the plan is realistic for the time you can commit. Each week, we’ll catch up to check in on your progress and make adaptations where required. In addition you have unlimited email access for all of your questions.
A plan can’t simply remain static after it has been devised. Life sometimes gets in the way and if you cram to get back on track, you risk fatigue from over-training. We will help you tune in and listen to your body and adjust our training approach to maximise your achievement.
Why Wild Runners? You consultation and program will be facilitated and written by head coach Tim Coles who is experienced in sprint events all the way through to 100km trail runs and Iron distance triathlon. Tim has Athletics Australia and Triathlon Australia coaching qualifications, a PhD and a thirst for knowledge. Having worked for CSIRO, developing training for medical practitioners, he is a sucker for scientific knowledge and its application in the real world. Not one to waste energy, Tim believes in efficiency in training, staying in tune with the newest proven training methods and performance optimisation. He believes training effectively and running efficiently are paramount to getting the most out of your training hours. You can put his experience and love of research to good use: train effectively and avoid injury without giving up your day job.
There are many different training options out there, from ready-made, generic 12 week guides to full sessions plans. General plans can be used to formulate a program, however we strongly believe the only way to achieve your best is with a specific and individual approach training. To provide accessible training we offer our personalised programs at $40 per week, allowing us to really spend the time necessary to provide you with a plan that you can be sure will work and keep in touch with you to make sure it does.
Our initial consultation to explore your possibilities costs $65. This is a critical part of the planning process and getting this right will enable us to write the plan best suited to you. For those who commit to programs over 10 weeks in length, we will waive the consultation cost.
Please feel free to contact us with any queries about our training programs. We will be more than happy to chat about how we can go about getting the best out of you.