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opportunity (Noun):1: a favorable juncture of circumstances
2: a good chance for advancement or progress
With BibRave, I’m very blessed that so many great opportunities have come my way. From race reviews, influencer events, and gear. But this opportunity was unique in itself, and I’m forever blessed that I got it. This has been the longest campaign I’ve ever done, and it was coaching. But not just any coaching, it was coaching under Olympian Jared Ward’s new program that’s available to runners of all levels, Endure Strong.
We were given about a four month span of their basic plan which retails for $39.99 per month and includes access to all of the training plans, coaching calls, video resources, team wall for interaction, access to the Final Surge platform, and more.
When starting up I was kind of a in a weird spot with training, as my goal race (local 5k) wasn’t until the beginning of August, and this opportunity came up at the of April. I consulted with Andrew, who works along with Jared coaching the runners, and he came up with the perfect plan of action. I started off with the Beginner Base Building Plan, and would switch over the the Intermediate 5k (Peak 30 miles) to finish things out.
So how was it?
I will 100% admit it was challenging. The base building plan was perfect, but it was without a doubt a lot of running, fortunately this did had two optional days for running, but it will still a six days a week plan. Also, this plan was about running for time versus distance, which is honestly where I think I had the most growth. It was new strategy for me, but it put me in a different mindset which I strongly believe helped my mental game a lot. Of course within that, you still had strength days scheduled, fartlek runs, hill, long runs, etc. For all of these you were given the pace to run (mile pace), based on the pace zones you entered on the final surge platform.
Once those 8 weeks were over it was time for the 5k plan. Now… this was the most challenging 5k plan I’ve ever done. It really was. But it wasn’t impossible. But like with every training plan, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it. I will be honest and say I did not put in 100% into this training cycle. It was a traditional mileage based plan, with the same workouts, but more detailed track work, which I love. However, I’ll admit I wasn’t in the game fully. Summer is always a really hard training cycle for me, and I normally back off a lot, so I struggled to not so much hit the paces, but get the runs done. Just trying to get it together was my own personal battle and nothing against the plan.
Yes somedays seemed so overwhelming that I didn’t even bother (hello 6 miles before work because it’s hot AF and I have to be at work at 6:45 and I run slow so that’s like an one and a half hour run that would have to start at like 4am). But yeah. It is what it is. I could’ve gone the route of doing a beginner plan, but I just felt like I wasn’t there and needed to step it up. This plan also peaked at an 8 mile run twice… for a 5k…. I know… crazy, but I understand the logic behind it.
Now, the million dollar questions… will I continue to stay on Team Endure Strong after using it for my 5k.
I’m undecided. But basically yes. I’m definitely open to trying it again for my winter half marathons I have coming up, and I’m optimistic that perhaps cooler weather will increase my motivation (it usually does), and I’ll be able to get more out of it. Next question, did I PR the 5k.
Not. Even. Freaking. Close.
And I’m okay with that.
It just wasn’t my day, did I think there was a chance multiple times during the training cycle. YES! I’ve ran longer distances in this training plans at the pace I needed to PR, so yes I knew I could PR because it would’ve been a shorter distance, and we all know that race crowds always give you a little extra something something.
The Melon Dash just wan’t having that. I was already on a hormonal rollercoaster, and it rained. Rained the whole freaking time and I hate running in the rain, I feel like a wet puppy. But it wasn’t hot, but there was a lot of rain… very freaking wet. I also was late and started at the back, like legit back, and had to dodge a lot of walkers and what not. Advice, don’t sign up for well known 5k race, that’s known to bring out families and walkers as your PR race.
But again, I got out of it what I put in. I didn’t PR, I didn’t hit all my workouts, but I am leaving this a lot more confident. There’s no dollar sign on confidence, no amount of miles, pace zone, gear, or whatever that can build that. Confidence is just something that comes as you constantly put in the grind, and your inner light begins to shine.
Don’t just take my word for it, check out the other BibRave Pro reviews below. Many of them hit their PR goals, or came pretty darn close. Training plans are all about perspective so I encourage you to read them if you’re still on the fence.