12-Week Trail Running Plan
Steady-State Endurance | Max Strength | Athlete IQ
Running performance involves much more than the size of your aerobic engine. It’s an elastic event. To cover distance efficiently, we rely on elastic rebound—the body’s natural ability to store and release energy—every time the foot strikes the ground.
Our trail running plan combines the time-tested MAF (Maximum Aerobic Function) approach to building aerobic capacity along with our Athlete IQ work to hone biomechanics, coordination, and elasticity, allowing you to go further, and faster, with the same energy output. Lastly, we layer on strength training to improve tendon capacity, reduce injury risk, and correct movement dysfunction common to many runners.
The plan is scalable to all levels with its built-in aerobic volume formula, which allows you to customize your starting point based on your current fitness, goals, and available time.
Every training plan includes Athlete IQ, aerobic, and strength training sessions following our full-spectrum training method, along with detailed coach notes, exercise video demonstrations, and a personal digital training log. The plan is yours for life. Start it whenever you want and repeat it as many times as you’d like.
Zone 1 recovery run. Slow and steady. Avoid rests and spiking heart rate.
Fartlek. Easy Zone 1 session with a few Zone 3 pickups in increments of 30 seconds to 5 minutes (12 minutes total).
Zone 1 run. Slow and steady. Avoid rests and spiking heart rate.
Recovery IQ session.
Overdistance run. Go long, go slow, avoid rests, and train fasted when possible.
Human physiology is remarkable. From split-second explosiveness to incredible feats of endurance, the breadth of our athletic capacity makes us unique in the animal kingdom. If the study of human biology tells us one thing, it’s that we are built for well-rounded performance. But when it comes to training, too many athletes get stuck in the middle, going a bit too hard, yet at the same time not hard enough.
We’ve seen professional climbers who can’t run a mile and elite-level marathoners who can’t shovel their own driveways. Hyper-specialization comes at a significant cost—and limits overall athletic performance.
Training should add more to your life than it takes away. We believe that achieving your athletic potential requires a full-spectrum approach, no matter your sport or passions. Our method is designed to optimize the contribution of all three energy systems; increase your biomechanics, coordination, and elasticity; and elevate your innate athleticism for peak performance.