There are many running related training websites out on the Internet. One of those is Greg McMillan’s website called MCMILLAN Running. Greg McMillan is an experienced coach and has coached Olympians, Boston Marathon qualifiers and pretty much runners of any level in between. The McMillan website offers a ton of information related to running + some unique running calculators that help runners to determine running pace and speed as an example. Greg McMillan also offers a lot of videos on his website where runners can learn pretty much from the best.
A while ago I did review Runners Connect and was not too impressed with their website and product. Then I found Greg McMillan’s website and noticed that he offers a low priced “Pro Package” on his website. The McMillan Pro is a premium edition of his services. While the free section of his website allows access to the race time calculators and training pace suggestions, the Pro package goes much further. If you would sign up for Pro you will get access to the following:
- Recommended Workouts
- Race Pace Workouts
- Treadmill Workouts
- Heat Adjusted Calculator
- Nutrition Calculator
- Running Form Videos
- Core Training Videos
Greg McMillan describes his Pro packages as follows: McMillan PRO is a collection of premium training tools to help runners train smarter and run faster.
Since I am in the middle of my marathon training I decided to sign up. The cost of McMillan Pro is appropriate for what you get – especially if compared to the high cost of RunnersConnect. While there is no active coaching involved, the information and training exercises that McMillan provides are very detailed and they are customized to your personal goal time for your race. So, it is not necessarily comparing apples to apples when comparing McMillan Running with Runners Connect, but I see more value in the detailed information I am receiving from the McMillan website. I signed up for the annual subscription which comes in at $1.99 per month.
So, I punched in my recent race/run times and my goal time for my marathon and based on that information the Pro features became available to me. Below is an example of some of the recommended workouts. The screenshot does not show all of them naturally, but should give you an idea of what this section looks like.
There are currently 2 video sections – one for “Running Form” and the second one is for “Core Training”. Here is a screenshot for the content of the “Running Form” training videos. The videos seem to be 1-2 minutes in length, but are detailed and fully sufficient in explaining and showing the associated exercises.
I will work my way through the videos and pick the appropriate workouts and match them up with my own training schedule. Overall I am happy with the content provided. While Runners Connect provides a full blown training schedule, with McMillan you have to use an existing one or make your own and mix the exercises into the schedule. I admit that this might not be the best option for everyone, but in my case this will work out just fine. I will provide an update in one of my future postings about my ongoing opinion of the McMillan Pro Training program.