Table of contents:
1) Features and functions
2) FAQ about the functionality
Basic settings – Creating the plan
Filling out the questionnaire
Running experience – Tell running.COACH how long you have been running regularly.
Current running ability – tell running.COACH how long you can run without taking a break
My Running Level – This is where the basic value for calculating your training speed and predicted time is stored. First choose whether you want to enter a running distance or a performance test as reference value.
- I did a performance test: Enter the anaerobic threshold (km/h) that was determined during the performance test. Add also the date of the test
- I ran a test course: Under “distance”, choose a distance that you have run in the past at competition speed (!) Then add the time and date you ran it. If you click on the button “Different distance”, you can enter an individual distance AND add the vertical meters. The distance and hills will then be included in the calculation.
My goal – Define your running goal. First choose one of the basic settings “Beginner”, ” Physical health” or “Participation in competitions”. With the first two options, running.COACH will create an entry plan or a basic plan, which will either introduce you to running training (beginners) or help you to improve your general fitness level (health). If you choose “Participate in competitions”, the plan will be told how the plan should be structured in terms of time (date of the competition), which training distances are suggested (competition distance), whether a mountain running plan should be created (number of vertical meters) and whether the plan should be specifically designed for this competition or not (priority). THE PLAN IS ALWAYS SPECIFICALLY GEARED TO THE NEXT MAIN COMPETITION. If no main competition is entered, a general fitness plan is suggested. Save the plan by clicking on the diskette icon on the right hand side:
How should I plan competitions for different distances?
How do I enter a target competition
Longest training – Once a week a long run will be scheduled. Here you choose on which day this unit should be done.
Most intensive training session – Here you choose on which day intervals should be scheduled. You can also let running.COACH choose the best possible day (recommended).
Training days – Determine the days on which you can and want to train. ATTENTION: All the days and half days listed are training days. Do not enter when you could train, but when you want to train.
How often should you train?
Holidays – Interruption – If you have planned training interruptions, you can enter them here. Then no training will be displayed during this time. Running.COACH will assume that you will be active but do not want to do any planned workouts. If you do not train at all, it is better to enter the planned training with the reason “Cancel”. This way, after several missed days, you will be given a plan to get back on track.
If you have taken out insurance, you can have your subscription paused if you have a longer break. To do so, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal data – Enter your basic data. The information on maximum and resting heart rate is particularly important. ONLY IF BOTH ARE GIVEN, THE PLAN CAN PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE PULSE RANGES FOR THE TRAINING SESSIONS.
Now click on “Generate training schedule” to receive your training plan. Changes can be made at any time using the “Settings” button in the header. AFTER EVERY CHANGE THE PLAN HAS TO BE GENERATED AGAIN. Only future planned training will be changed, the past will not be affected.
Now you have your first training plan. Congratulations. Actually you are ready to start. But there are still a few features that make your training easier.
Connect your GPS watch
In order for running.COACH to dynamically adapt your personal training, it is important that you enter your completed training sessions as accurately as possible in running.COACH. The easiest way to do this is to upload them with the help of a GPS file or train directly with the running.COACH app (Android / iOS).
You can synchronize the following training applications / watches with running.COACH. Click on the link to get the corresponding instructions:
Garmin (Garmin watches also allow you to download the running.COACH training to your watch. This is also described in the link), Polar, TomTom, Suunto Movescount, Suunto App, Fitbit, Strava, Runkeeper, Mapmyfitness
- To the left of the calendar (as soon as a training is selected) an overview of the most important key data of the training is displayed. Click on a training unit in the calendar to get an overview of the corresponding training.
- Training form
- Training Duration
- Pace in
- Heart rate
– Training duration
– Pace in min/km and km/h (refers to the hard intervals and not to the training average for hard sessions)
– Heart rate
- Change the view between calendar and list view
- Detailed view of the training
- Edit Training
- Change the sport
- Change the type of training (i.e. Interval, Recovery, etc.)
- Change training data such as time and distance
- Enter a training title
- Input of running equipment (to monitor the kilometers run with a specific shoe) and running surface
- Disclosure of subjective feeling
- Training videos on related topics such as warm up, stretching and technique
- Training description
- Goal and purpose of the training
- Food advice
- Alternative sports: How long does an alternative sport have to be performed to achieve the same effect as running?
The statistics page gives you an overview of the past training weeks and shows you at the same time your performance development during your competitions. For each race the anaerobic threshold is calculated, which allows you to compare different distances and runs with altitude meters.
The running calendar gives you an overview of upcoming running events for which you can prepare for with the help of running.COACH. The practical search function lets you filter the calendar by name, date, country, distance and altitude. Runs can easily be added using this form.
Our running race calculator gives you an indication of the target time you can set for your next running competition. Factors such as the number of meters above sea level (performance decreases with altitude), the distance, profile of the run, and your basic speed are taken into account. In addition to the running time forecast, a detailed kilometer split time table is also created. Runs can be easily added using this form, but it is mandatory to attach a GPX file.
Track Shoe Distance
In order to keep track of the distance run and the number of training sessions completed with a particular pair of running shoes, and thus to know when to change them, you can assign a particular pair of shoes to each training session.
Click on any workout to add / track a running shoe and then go to the details page (“Edit + Info”). On the detail page you can click on the pencil under “Additional Information” -> “Gear”.
An overview of former and active running shoes appears with the option to archive former shoes (so that they are no longer displayed in the overview – they can be made visible again at any time) or to add new shoes. Click on “Add new gear” to add a shoe to the selection.
In the upper part of the form you enter the general information regarding your running shoes. In the database many shoe models are already pre-stored. So if you enter the shoe brand, you will get suggestions in the drop-down menu. Click on the suggestion, so that you can also receive suggestions in the “Model” field. You can enter the color of the shoe or any other distinguishing feature (especially good if you have several shoes of the same model). If you plan to do most of the training with the same shoe, define it as “default “. This will automatically select it.
You can get more detailed information by moving the mouse over the “?” symbols.
After you have clicked on “Add”, your shoe will appear in the overview. All entered and not archived shoes can now be selected in the drop down menu under equipment. From now on, the default shoe will be automatically assigned to each running training session without your intervention.
If you are not able to do a training because of a brief illness or injury, a rehabilitation plan will be proposed which takes into account the break in training.
Click on the unit you missed, then click on “Cancel” – then you can enter the reason for the training interruption. Do this on the day you return to training (for all missed sessions). If you missed 4 or more sessions in a row, you will be offered to enter a rehab plan (refresh the page if no message regarding rehab plan appears after 4 missed sessions).
Synchronization of the training plan via iCal with your personal calendar
running.COACH offers you the possibility to synchronize your running.COACH account with your personal calendar via iCal. Your workouts will be automatically added to your agenda – you will be charged for the duration of your workout plus 30 minutes for moving.
You can read about how to connect in this blog post.
Correct recording of interval workouts
In order for your interval training to be read correctly, running.COACH relies on you to record the training “correctly”. First of all it is important that the automatic lap function of your watch is deactivated (normally set to 1km). You would then have to stop an interval workout as follows (using the manual lap function of your watch)
Warm up – press lap – 1. interval – press lap – pause – press lap – 2. interval – press lap – pause – press lap – 3. interval – press lap – … – press lap – cool down
With the running.COACH app you can use running.COACH on the road. Plan, track or log your training. Everything you enter in the app is synchronized with your online training plan.
2) FAQ about the functionality
How do I postpone a training session?
A workout can be postponed to a desired day by drag & drop. Simply click on a workout and drag it to the corresponding day. This can be done in the list view as well as in the calendar view.
How do I edit the duration of a competition?
Click on the race and then on “Edit + Info” in the column on the left to get to the detailed view. Click on the pencil on the left above the table with the times you want to edit.
What do I do after an injury? The rehab plan.
After illness or injury you can proceed as follows. Click on the unit you missed, then click on “Cancel” – then you can enter and save the reason for the training failure. Do this on the day you return to training (for all missed sessions). If you have missed 4 or more sessions in a row, you will be offered to enter a rehab plan.
Why are my Long Jogs so short?
First check which run is entered as the target competition (priority level 3). The plan is specifically geared towards the next main competition.
Our long runs are limited to 3 hours. We are of the opinion that after three hours the relationship between additional training effect and increasing risk of injury (overloading) is no longer correct. We do not want to take responsibility for this. But if you feel that you need longer runs, you can extend a Long Jog once in a while.
Why are no pulse ranges displayed?
In order to get the heart rate settings, you must have entered the value for both resting heart rate and maximum heart rate in the settings.
Where can I enter my target time?
A target time cannot be entered in running.COACH. This is because some users would probably overestimate themselves, get a too hard program suggested and could get hurt as a result.
However, you will receive a prognosis that tells you how your target time could look like during normal training. The answer to the question “how fast can you run?” in the settings is crucial for this prognosis. Of course you can play and experiment with this. So you can try to bring the prognosis to your target time with this setting.
Should I train by pulse or pace?
The detailed answer to this question can be found here.
The training is too intense for me, what can I do?
First check if your training settings are still up to date. It is worth running a competition or test run from time to time and updating the information with the result.
If you find a single training session to be too intense, you can adjust it manually by clicking on the “-” symbol at the intensity in the training overview. This will reduce the duration and intensity of the session.
How do I deactivate the automatic renewal of the subscription?
You can do this in your settings under “My account” -> “My profile” -> “Notifications”.
How do I get a mountain running plan?
If you enter a mountain run as a training goal in your settings (with the highest priority level), then running.COACH will create a customized mountain run plan for you. This will start when you enter the specific preparation phase for the competition (i.e. about 5 months before the competition). Pay attention to the small mountain run icon in the training title above the training overview. If you move the mouse over it, additional tips will be displayed.
Can I start training earlier after my main competition?
The detailed answer to this question can be found here.
Delete a training
A training unit can be deleted on the overview page. Click on “Cancel” and then either choose a reason why the unit could not be executed or delete the training from the calendar completely.
To delete the uploaded GPS file, you can go to the details page to remove the file in the lower right corner.
This post is also available in DE.