Originally posted by Caraway in June 2016.
Choosing a training plan: it’s not quite as complicated as choosing, say, a life partner or new shoes, but it’s a big commitment to spend 18 to 24 weeks of your life on a series of workouts that can make or break how you feel about yourself and your running. Will your training plan respect your needs, or run roughshod over them? Will it keep you interested? Or will you find yourself daydreaming about the plan you did last year as your fingers itch to Google other plans after just a few weeks of exclusivity?
I’ve dated my fair share of unsuitable training plans. There’s one where you run way too much; the one where you run less but faster; and even the one where you run way too much and also very fast (hello injuries!). In fact, I was 37 before I found the right training method for me, and from an unexpected source: the 1917-born Arthur Lydiard from New Zealand.