Updating Run With Hal for Your Canceled or Postponed Race
Here are a few tips on how to continue to use Run With Hal with your changing race schedule. We also include instructions below on how to set up a new goal race if you’re not familiar with the process.
- If your race has been postponed you’ll want to build a new plan for your new race date. If your new race is in the late autumn, you will likely be put into a Base Training plan to start.
- Add a summer race as your new goal race. We suggest you find a race near the time your autumn race plan will begin (18 weeks before a marathon, 12 weeks before a half marathon, 10 weeks before a 15K/10 mile, and 8 weeks before 10K or shorter).
- Continue with your current plan and use the race date as a test for yourself. Your family could even make you a medal after you finish your “Hometown Half”. You could run your own race on a treadmill, path, trail, or track (be careful with all those laps!).
- You could sign up for a virtual event if you want the accountability but don’t have a specific race or race date right now (this could align with the goal race you have on your calendar right now).
How to set up a new goal race:
- Tap the plan personalization icon in the upper right corner of the app
- Tap Goal Race
- Tap the pink text at the bottom of this page that reads “Build A New Training Plan” and finally tap Confirm. In doing this, your current plan will be archived. You can access this plan and your runs by tapping the More tab and Past Training Plans.
- Enter your new goal race information
- Start training!
A few notes about your new plan:
- If you are interested in a plan with fewer miles as Hal suggested above, you can shift to a Novice plan, a shorter race distance, or limit the number of days you are able to run each week in the Day Availability.
- If your new race is far enough in the future you may start with one of Hal’s Base Training plans. This could mean you see a large, downward shift in distance for your runs. This is normal, if you were in the heat of marathon training you cannot sustain that until your new autumn race date. This drop will allow you to recover mentally and physically before you ramp back up for your new goal race.
- Your past training was not lost or deleted. Run With Hal displays your current training plan to keep you focused. To see your previous plans, Tap the More tab and Past Training Plans and tap on any of options to see the workouts from each plan.
- The Hal Says and Stats data is based upon your current training plan, it does not include data from your archived plan.
- Your plan cannot be shifted into the future. Due to the adaptive nature of your plan, all of your settings are unique to your current plan and your plan must build from your new start date. This includes the number of weeks until your race date, updates to any of your settings, changes to the days you are available to run, adding or removing Other Races (or if they are no longer within the plan’s duration), or changes to your Blackout Dates.
You can also find additional resources from TrainingPeaks at this website: https://www.trainingpeaks.com/covid-19