How many miles should I be running per week?
How long should my long run be?
What workouts should I be doing?
How many days per week should I be running?
I don’t know. Anyone who tells you that they do know is lying.
I know this isn’t a very satisfying answer but it’s the only honest answer. Everybody is different. What is right for me is not right for you. What is right for your training partner is not right for you.
To complicate things even more, even someone who knows you and all the details of your training doesn’t always know how things will go in the future. What was right for you last year is not necessarily right for you this year.
So, if there are so many unknowns, how is anyone supposed to know what to do? Why even bother building a plan or hiring a coach to do that for you?
Because, even if we don’t have all the answers, through experience we know what to do in order to find those answers. We know what to try. We know what to look for. We know how to adjust when something comes up.
So it’s OK to not have all the answers. In fact, it’s good to admit we don’t have all the answers because that’s simply being honest and being honest about what answers you don’t have is the first step in finding the path to the right answer.