Having a goal in mind provides motivation for me to actually get my legs out the door for a run. If I am not aiming for a race it is always easy to opt out of a workout. I still run when I am not training for something specific, but the intensity is way down.program that incorporates running and Insanity as cross training from Coach Brandon Henderson, PhD. I had completed the Insanity program a couple of winters ago, and had awesome results - lost 20+ lbs and could run 8 minute miles. It was the 8 min/mile pace that had me wanting to use Insanity in my training for my upcoming race.
My initial plan was to pound out 60 days of the work-outs and then begin running, but the time I needed to complete the program left me with only a few short weeks to actually run. I was okay with that until I googled 'half marathon Insanity training program' and found several sites. Coach Henderson's (whom I do not know) program seemed the proper starting point - I was able to modify it as needed.
I additionally have set up training programs for other events as well. While I was expecting our 6th baby, my husband decided to try to qualify for Boston. At the time he would have needed to average 7:13 min/mile pace to make the cut. In order for this training to be feasible in our life, I needed to be on board, and as my bossy self I created a program for him as well, loosely based on one from Bart Yasso out of Runner's World. Although he missed qualifying, he was able to run with out knee pain, which was a huge issue in his previous marathon training - so we counted it as a success, mostly.
Bottom line: I love to run for a specific goal, and once I commit to a program I usually stick with it until the end. This time is proving harder as I know that if I maintain at this point the goal is attainable! Oh, life is good.