Seeking a better way to run a mile under 4 minutes and 50 seconds using leverage? The RDA sub 4:50 mile training plan was built by 4:22 miler and 2:19 marathoner Nathan Pennington. This 1 mile training plan is focused mainly on quality versus quantity in terms of volume capping out at 45 miles at the highest for weekly mileage. Remember, this is the mile, not a 5K or marathon so tons of weekly mileage is not needed. What is needed is adequate preparation to get 1:45 400m speed to feel more in control and less aggressive.
The sub 4:50 mile training plan is broken up into 4 phases and is a 16-week training plan.
The 4 phases are the base, anaerobic introduction, speed specific and taper phases. The goal with this plan is to provide athletes with a 10-day taper. I achieved personal bests of 50:54 for 10 miles, 1:07:06 for the half-marathon and 2:19:35 following the workouts in these plans. The key is not dropping your volume and intensity too far out. So, you want to ensure you feel energized rather than fatigued. Also, you don't want to feel lethargic leading into your next race. A common mistake runners make is that they begin dropping their volume and intensity too soon. The result is they feel tired, lethargic and less energized. So, our focus is on a 10-day rather than a 3-week taper to get you to the start line feeling refreshed, confident and in control.
1 Mile Plan Specifics
This specific training plan is focused on building stamina, endurance and overall speed to be able to hit 4 laps at 72 to 73 seconds each. Progression is the key and gradually increasing the speeds of the workouts. Workouts will be on the track or roads and will vary with recovery times in between. The 4:50 mile training program is built to provide more rest and less aggressive splits early on with less rest and much more demanding workouts as the athlete progresses in fitness.
There is a significant drop in volume and intensity in the last 10 days of this training plan. The athlete who is investing in this training program can run their sub 4:50 mile attempt on the track or the roads. It all depends on your preference. If you want to dominate and break the 4:50 mile barrier this is the training plan you want to focus on. Athletes who have run anywhere from 4:59 to 5:20 are the perfect candidates for this sub 4:50 miler training plan. We also have other training plan options available.
Sub 4:50 Mile Run Training Plan Facts
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- created by a 4:22 miler, 9:27 two-mile, 14:18 for 5K, 24:32 5-mile, 50:54 10-mile, 1.07 half marathon and 2.19 marathoner specialist
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- 16-week training program with a 10-day taper to yield you the highest return on your investment
- One-mile training plan highest mileage week is 45 miles.
So, focus is on quality versus quantity. The goal is to help you to train smarter, not necessarily harder and get better results.