Train Like a Pro: Run Training with Ben True

Train Like a Pro: Run Training with Ben True

Sleep, run, eat, nap, eat, run, eat, sleep.

We all have the same 24 hours, and we wondered what does a pro-runner really do with the 24 hours they have to fill in a day?  So, we asked professional distance runner Ben True to share a typical training week.

Ben is a pro Saucony athlete with talent on track, roads and cross country. Ben started the 2018 race season running strong by becoming the first American to win the NYC Half Marathon in March.

Take a look at Ben's training week and do you think you could you #TrainLikeAPro?


ben true's training week



We asked our JackRabbit runners who will test out Ben's training plan for a week, what they thought of the schedule and training load.

Dan Pinter: I was a little surprised at the volume, but I know Ben is a strength runner, so all in all I expected somewhere from 85 to 100 miles for the week. It’s been quite some time since doubling up and with those workouts it’s going to be a beast of a week. You can certainly see why he is pretty strong at the end of races. This is really going to be a challenging week!

Pat Jacobs:  It is a little more volume than I expeted given that he is a 5 -10 k runner. It's different than training I've done, in that I've never really done double training days.  The track workout looks like it's going to be a real challenge!


There’s no doubt you have to fuel right in order to train right. Here’s a typical day in Ben True’s kitchen.

Ben's advice, "I eat a lot. Food is fuel and you have to make sure you properly fuel your body to get the most out of yourself. I eat real food that I prepare myself, but other than that, I don’t adhere to any specific diet. I eat a lot of peanut butter and fresh bread."

Example of meals would be:

  • Breakfast: Coffee and Oatmeal. I put raisins, banana and ~4tbs of peanut butter in my morning oats.
  • Post AM Workout: Momentous. Momentous is a sponsor of mine and they make high quality protein powders that are independently tested to ensure quality and transparency.
  • Lunch 1: Scrambled eggs and bagel with avocado.
  • Lunch 2: Apple, bagel with peanut butter, and probably handful of chips and afternoon coffee.
  • Dinner: Large salad, grain dish (normally rice, faro or pasta) with roasted vegetables and meat (sausage, steak, or chicken— all from a local farm)
  • Pre-bed snack: Bagel with peanut butter. Or just a spoonful of peanut butter depending on mood.

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Melanie Mitchell

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