Use this handy calendar to calculate your coaching term.
To begin, enter your desired start and end dates, but PLEASE pay heed to the following notes:
1 - If doing 1 Mile Trial upon 1st visit, please DON'T include that week in your coaching term (it's included in your training plan fee), so usually that means starting the following week.
2 - All coaching terms begin on the MONDAY of the first week (regardless of the day your training group meets), and end on a SUNDAY (regardless of actual day of the week of your race). Please start and end your coaching terms accordingly.
3 - Round Up Bonus! We include up to an extra 1/3 of a month of FREE coaching for each month of your term (starting at 3 mos), if your actual net coaching term is "between months". For example:
- up to 3.3 months - select 3 month coaching term
- up to 4.6 months - select 4 month coaching term
- up to 6.0 months - select 5 month coaching term
So if your chosen term is between 3.3 - 4 months long (or between 4.6 - 5 months long), we suggest either reselecting a term 1-3 wks shorter and waiting to start, or paying for the full extra month to start right away.
4 - To add a complete post-race review & analysis with your coach (perhaps the most important element of the entire season), please extend your coaching term end date 1 additional week past your race, and book your post race coaching conference call at least a month before your race
Additional helpful recommends for determining your ideal training term:
For 10K training, we recommend a training horizon of 3-4 months. For Half Marathon training, we recommend a term of 3.5-4.5 months. For Marathon training, we recommend 4-5 months (or more!).
The more experienced you are at running your goal race distance, the healthier you are (ie. low injury predisposition, not recently injured), and the smaller the relative improvement you're looking for (ie. 1-2% improvement), the more you can tend toward the shorter end of the given range.
The less experienced you are at running your goal race distance, the more injury prone you are (or if just coming off an injury), and the greater the relative improvement you're looking for (ie. 3-5% improvement), the more you should tend toward the longer end of the given range, if possible.