JSET is an unconventional training plan
JSET is an unusual training plan
In order to get a better understanding of how JSET is different to other training programs and online coaches, a short analogy may be useful.
Imagine your running goal as the summit of a mountain. Standing at the bottom of the mountain you can see many routes up, each with various obstacles. (Reaching the summit is akin to being fit enough to achieve your race goal.)
One option is to scale the steepest face, which is like doing your training as fast as possible. This will feel dramatic and fun, but going up a cliff is tough and you risk falling off somewhere i.e. getting injured. There are some training programs that take this approach to running.
On the other hand some training programs take a different approach. For example another option is to take the long, flatter path up the mountain, which is like doing your training “slow and steady”. You’re more likely to be able to reach the top, but this may not be a style everyone enjoys.
There are, of course, a number of other routes, each of varying difficultly and risk. Generally running coaches will tell you which route to take. However, I believe that the “best” way to reach the summit is to stand at the bottom and decide which route you want to take. Imagine JSET like a mountain guide, I will advise on the different route options, and trek up the mountain with you, but ultimately it’s up to you to decide which route to take.
This is how JSET differs from other training programs. The majority of coaches will prescribe your route up the mountain. I, however, provide you with a map showing all the different routes up, let you decide how you want to get there, and then go on the journey with you.