If you’re training for the Gold Coast half marathon or you’re an ASICS fan, then you’ve probably found the coolest new running app ‘my ASICS’. It’s amazing, right? I think it is the best running app. For those of you who don’t know what I’m on about – don’t worry, I’m going to fill you in!
Yes, the idea is that the app creates your own PERSONALISED running plan. It’s based on your speeds, goals, gender and so much more! It’s ideal for 5km to marathons and anything in between. It will arrange a plan to help you meet your goals in 12 to 33 weeks (depending when you start training and when your race/goal date is) and you have have your runs spread across two to four days a week.
Keeping on track with your personalised plan
Athletes (yes, if you’re running – no matter what pace, that’s you!) can view the routine on the app, internet or even print a planner. I have printed my planner and put it on the wall next to my bed – then I can see what is coming up the next morning and have great satisfaction popping a big red cross through the day when its done and planning other activities around it. You can even opt for email reminders of your run for the day!
The training phases
The program is in various running phases (pre-conditioning, getting faster, going further, race stimulation, tapering and race day, recovery). It’s great for those of us who haven’t grown up with running coaches as it explains the goal of each of those phases and gives time frames per kilometre to aim for.
What if I get lost, I haven’t run that far before!?
Don’t worry, your digital trainer has your back here too – there’s an inbuilt compass in the app to help you navigate your way back home. Image via
How do I know if it is time for new running gear pre-race day?
The app will track the kilometres you’ve travelled in your shoes and gear. Not sure when you need to replace your running shoes? You can talk to your physio or podiatrist to get a more personalised answer, however it is generally every 400km-600km. This of course varies on body weight, running technique, running surface and your type of shoe.
What if I’ve previously trained in my shoes prior to beginning logging their use with the app?
If you haven’t kept a training log (whether hand written, by strava or this app) then I recommend giving your shoes the twist test. Hold them at both ends, twist opposite directions and it should be relatively firm. If it moves easily, then either it is old or your shoe has insufficient support for your foot (remember my nike frees experience and assessment of barefoot runners?). The wearing of the sole at your point of initial contact is another great way to test whether you need new shoes. You might also notice when they are not being worn, the shoes fall inwards or outwards. Once it has worn down then you are compromising the shoes ability to provide you adequate support and stability.
My training with My ASICS
I haven’t yet registered for the GC marathon (still tossing up if I can afford it), but I have started my training as a just in case. To be honest, I probably began training a little late, but better late than never, right?! Right! So it was going really well the first month and then I lost it completely when I went to Melbourne last week. Reis, Honey and I went for a slow 5km run this morning and I can’t tell you how thankful I was for their company this morning. I really did not feel like getting up at all today. My darling husband and my little joy monster are such blessings on gloomy days!
Have you trained for a 1/2 marathon before? Do you have a favourite running app?