It’s up to you to decide how you collect points. Some people run big distances every day, at a consistent, slow place. But if you’d rather run a coached session with a club that’s fine too – just make sure you collect enough points each week.
I’m so sure that if you follow the JSET training program you’ll be fit enough to achieve your marathon goal, that if you don’t achieve your goal you’ll get the next training cycle for free.*
*assuming you also follow my race rules.
It was training correctly, in a way that I enjoy, that enabled me to really improve. The JSET training uses the structure of science, combined with the intelligence of a skilled human to generate a training program that allows athletes to achieve more than they thought possible. JSET is different because the science underpinning the program understands exactly what training load your body has experienced, and what race performance that will produce.
The JSET training method is unusual, but I’ve never found anyone it doesn’t work for. Essentially, it involves running big weekly distances at an easy pace. At the peak of a training cycle I run over 250km per week, rarely exceeding 70% of race pace. One particularly unusual element of the training is that it doesn’t involve running anywhere near race pace. Find out more about the training style.
Alongside coaching and running I am working towards a BSc in Sports Science & Physiology at the University of Leeds, where I have taken a particular interest in cardiac physiology. I ran my first marathon at the age of 17, and I've run at least one every year since. My current PB is 2h28min, which I ran in the Yorkshire Marathon 2018.