Will turn 40 next month and have never raced or trained specifically for the mile in the 15 years I have been running.
Has anyone gone through this 6 week program? If so, what are your thoughts? Worth it or not.?
I attended the 6-week program a year ago last July-September. It was worthwhile. I knew going in that 6 weeks was too short to see a major improvement, but I was curious to see what the training would be like. In hindsight, I would do it again.
I'm an odd case in that everyone else was a distance runner trying to improve their speed. I was a 400m guy trying to improve my endurance. Quite a few people had PRs in the mile at the end of 6 weeks. I did not improve at all... I ran 6:52... the same that I ran earlier in the summer.
I emailed Nick and Sierra for their suggestions after my poor time trial. Even though my 6-weeks was up, they gave me a different routine based on my progress so far and how I had responded to their program. After four more weeks using their new suggestions, I improved my mile time to 6:36. It would have been great to have those new workouts 6 weeks earlier, but individuals respond differently to stimulus. I'm glad I found something new that works for me.
I did learn a couple of new approaches to tempo workouts and a new approach to mile training. I'll use one of the workouts... maybe two... going forward. That might not sound like it's worth $72, but a second here and there can really make the difference. As I said, the distance runners fared better with his initial program than I did.
I would have preferred to have a longer program... and I think he offers one, but it didn't meet my training schedule for the 400m to break so close to national competition to do several weeks of mile training.