My Asics plan recommendations

So I've set up a My Asics training plan for my half marathon in September. I have it set to mild running 3 times a week. I have looked at the pace for the pre-conditioning runs and they are 8.59mins per kilometre for the first week. I am usually about 6.30mins per k so should I try the average setting? I haven't started the plan yet, only got it to work today as the site at home thought I was below the minimum age to set one up ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • Just run at your own pace and after a few runs it will ask you if you want it to auto adjust, mine did the same , i was running 30 seconds per km faster than the plan, now it's pushing me a bit.

  • Yeah, I guess I need to see how it all works. Haven't even done one run yet!!!

  • I can't believe you went for mild! Your a heck of a lot faster than me and I went for medium lol!

  • I've changed it now, but it hasn't made much difference in the early runs. Hard scared me!!!

  • And i don't know about a heck of a lot faster! After 2 heavy colds recently the only thing running fast is my nose lol

  • It will be interesting following your progress. Best of luck and keep posting! :)

  • I recommend that you try to remove considerations of pace out of your mind completely for your first HM - just think about that distance! It is a long way. Those first few pre-conditioning runs in a MyAsics plan are meant to be exactly that , pre-conditioning a first timer to run the distance. You probably can't even run that slowly - so run/walk those first few runs and forget about what pace you "usually" run. What you usually run is irrelevant when it comes to a first time 21.1 k :)

  • Yeah good point, it is a looong way!!!!

  • I have run 3 now - with a new PB for all of them ( not that I am in any way looking for PB's , they have just "happened" ) -- but in all of them I have been fine up until around 15K and after that it gets HARD!!! :)

  • Oh god, now I am scared! I keep thinking I have no idea what I am doing. I've just been pootling about doing whatever I wanted up until now. Now it's got all very technical!!!

  • In a way it is good to be a bit "scared" - but you are a Graduate 10 :) - and run around at 6:30 - so you are definitely capable of following a plan to get you to 21.1K. :) But just plan to finish it comfortably for the first time - your 3 day easy Asics plan sounds fine to me - if you think it may be a little too easy, then a moderate plan will soon see if you are up to the increased distances.

  • Yes, the only real difference between the two levels is the pace for the longer distances as far as I can see. The pre-conditioning and first few runs are the same pace, or meant to be

  • I am probably not the right person to comment on structured training plans as I have never used one ๐Ÿ˜ฎ, but I agree with Bazza that gradually building up distance is more important than pace at this stage. I focused on increasing mileage, gradually and determinedly ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธboth on my long weekend run and also a little on my shorter runs. Pace was something I looked at on my Garmin afterwards! What I would say, is that once I had cracked the endurance and long runs, my pace increased naturally. I think I said before that I chose to train up to and run the full distance before race day (twice in those last few weeks actually) as I knew that personally, I needed to know I could do the distance. Each time I ran it faster and my race day time was my PB and I loved it (in a hard kind of way!) Be interested in reading the replies of those who have run to pace on a training plans. When do you start on your plan? - You have a lot of time until September yet, so I am sure you will be just fine.๐Ÿ™‚ Happy running๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • Yes Sandraj39 I don't really fully understand the technicalities of all this and why you don't run the full distance before the event.

  • No! Stick to the easy plan! The other two are killers! Myasics explain about the reasons for the slow runs early on in the programe. Leg building!!!

    Do read the blurb that comes with the plan as it explains all so you know what you're on with.

    If you complete your plan online they will keep tabs on you and tweak your plan if needs be.

    Have fun. Take care!

  • Thanks misswobble I think I will stick to easy to start with. It's just that the first week or so seems like a step back from what I had been doing. I suppose I need to change my thinking from just running and bimbling about without an aim to training for an event!

  • My Asics is also telling me I'm too young to set up a plan. How did you get round it?

  • It did this to me. I don't know if I can remember exactly what worked to solve it. I think logging out and closing my browser then logging in again didn't work. (I'm terrible for having about 20 tabs open at once and have been told this clogs up the working memory and can make random annoying things happen). I think I then left it a couple of days and tried again. In the meantime I might have restarted my laptop. But it did work eventually!

  • This happened to me JSS but only on my iPad. When I logged on to the Mac it worked ok.

  • I tried it again on my PC at work and it was fine. Every time I tried it on my home laptop I couldn't get past the too young screen no matter what browser I used.

    I did message them on Facebook and they did reply to me so maybe try that if nothing else works. There is also an app for phones you could try. It didn't work for me as I only have a tablet

  • You need the beginner plan if you are a new runner. New or beginner runner means you have been a runner for less than 18 to 24 months!

    The other plans are for experienced runners with bodies to match, e.g. Conditioned ones! Please note ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That's good to know! Just started an MyAsics plan too. (But for 5 miles :D )

  • I'm doing a 10mile Asics plan at the moment and then segueing into a HM plan for the Great East run. I always try to stick to the recommended paces because I reckon the good people at Asics know more about it than me. The slow pre-conditioning runs are always way too slow for me, but I try to go as slowly as possible because they're great for building leg strength and baseline fitness. As you progress through the plan, if you're consistently running too fast then you'll be offered a pace recalculation. In my previous plans I've always rejected them but this time I've accepted it and I'm already regretting it. The fast runs now have me going almost flat out to meet the expected pace and heaven knows how I'll sustain the new suggested race pace for 10 miles.

    So, in my opinion, stick with the paces you've been offered for now and make a judgement at the time about accepting any revised paces you may be offered during the plan, but, slower is good!!!

  • I set up a plan and am interested (and a bit concerned) to see that part way through they moved the run days from Monday, Thursday, Saturday to Monday, Friday, Saturday. Is there sensible logic behind not having a rest day before the long run day? I'd rather stick to having my rest days.

  • Is it at the end of the plan? I noticed the days changed for mine in the last week or 2 which is a pain as I will be working those days. Can you change it on the pc?

  • Have to say, I've often moved the run dates if it's been difficult or inconvenient to follow the schedule. I try hard to keep to the pace and distance required, so 2 out of 3 ain't bad!

  • I too have been offered faster paces which I have declined until 2 weeks ago. Now I am running faster, got a new 5k pb but worried about sustaining the pace for 10k. Oh well we will see if the plan slows me down lol.

  • Thanks AncientMum I will take on board everyone's wise words and stick with the plan :) Maybe I'll see you out on the road one time!

  • That would be really good nearer the race day, although I suspect you're faster than me. :)

  • Not at the moment I'm not!

  • I am about half way through a HM plan. I tend to ignore the suggested pace and just go with what feels right for me. The plan has upped my pace now so that, if anything, it's become too fast for me but I guess it will work out in the end. The main thing, for me, is that I work better with a structure and the plan does give me that.

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