From couch to marathon - This proven & effective 16-week endurance training program will help you reach your goals, without accumulating "junk miles"

The Traditional Training Model is Broken

The days of getting up early, strapping on your running shoes, and slogging out mile after mile in an attempt to get ‘fit’ and run faster is no longer necessary.

This is not your traditional running program. If you’re looking for a program that just has you running more & more miles each week with no focus on improving your overall strength & fitness then move along…



Your endurance training program should consist of high QUALITY workouts that can get you to your goals without leaving you over-trained and nursing an injury.

If you’ve dealt with plantar fasciitis, patellar issues, calf strains, iliotibial band syndrome, low back, pain, or any number of a hundred different common running injuries than you probably need to evaluate your training.

Pain is not normal

Regardless of the program you are training with you should be focusing on 4 Key Areas:

  1. Mechanics – If you are unable to maintain solid & efficient running mechanics then you are bound to end up injured.
  2. Intensity – If your goal is to get faster and you’re following a training program that is dominated by long slow runs than you need to reevaluate that plan.
  3. Volume – Sure, you are going to have to spend some time running in order to get better & faster, but your program should be designed to offer you a minimal effective dose to help you gain the maximum amount of results.
  4. Maintaining you current strength – Long, slow, endurance training is great at making you skinny and useless, if your training program is dominated by long aerobic efforts you may be doing yourself more harm than good..
Training Designed For Busy People

Is This Program Right For You?

Listen, I know my programs & methodology aren’t always right for everyone. I mean, everyone would benefit, but some individuals have goals that this program doesn’t support… Take a look at the lists below and if you’re a good fit for the program, then keep going!

Is This For You?

  • You want to run faster.
  • You want to run farther
  • You need an Endurance focused, but comprehensive, training program that will make you faster & a better athlete.
  • You don’t want to spend all of your already limited training time just running.
  • You’re sick of dealing with shin splints, planter fasciitis, & other nagging chronic injuries.

Who This Isn't For

  • You’re trying to set a world record
  • You think traditional long slow distance training is the only way to improve (And you don’t want to change).
  • You really do just love running and want a program with a large volume of running each week.
  • You aren’t willing to work hard and push yourself in challenging interval based workouts.


Every purchase you make at Strategic Athlete is covered by an unconditional, 30-day guarantee. That means you get 30-days from your date of purchase to decide if it is right for you. Which basically means you can train completely free for a month, make huge improvements, and still get your money back if you’re not happy for any reason. If you’re not 100% thrilled, simply ask for a refund within 30-days and you get your money back, no hassles and no hard feelings. So sign up now with confidence, completely risk-free.




16-Weeks of Endurance Training: Designed to take you from 5k to Marathon

3 – 4 Running Workout Per Week: Short intervals, long intervals, tempo, and time trial workouts designed to make you faster, faster…

Daily Strength & Conditioning Workouts: If you want to be successful you’ll need to do more than just run, these daily S&C workouts are designed to make you faster, less prone to injury, and a better overall athlete.

Daily Warm-Ups & Recovery Tasks: Make sure you’re prepared to work & make sure you’re recovered and ready to take on the world (or just the next workout…)

30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee: If you don’t get better, I’ll refund your payment.

Priority Access to Coaching Help & Video Reviews: Need some help figuring out your training paces or help dialing in your running mechanics? We’ve got you covered.


Your personal program will be designed to fit your schedule and can be adjusted as needed on the fly. We’ll be checking in often to keep you on track & adjust as needed

You’ll access this program via the Train Heroic smartphone app. If you have a flip phone, don’t buy this, go get a new phone instead, weirdo…

You be able to log your results, right on your phone, and track your progress throughout the program.

If you have questions, limitations, or issues we’ll be here to get you answers and make sure you stay on track!

Doing something wrong? Not sure if you’re performing a movement correctly? Send us a video and we’ll give you individual feedback to help you improve!

Try it out risk free for 30-days and if you aren’t happy with the program or the results you get in that first month I’ll give you a refund, no questions asked.

"The first time I ran through the program I started at a 26:15 5k, and ended up going down to a 23:47. I waited a few months and did it again after also doing CrossFit and I’m down to a 20:45 now."
- Lane
"I bought the Strategic 5k training plan – worked great. Got my PFT down to 19:15 after spending several years around the 22-minute mark, all without sacrificing any strength at the gym."
- Dez

What People Think About Training With Strategic Athlete

“Just finished my first PFT for the Marine Corps. I did a 3 mile time trial about two months ago. I ran it in 27:24. Granted, this was my first time running in a few months and I could have given a bit more effort. Even so, today I ran a 20:55 3 mile which is a perfect score for me. 

I’ll still be using this programming but already it’s made a huge difference for me, mostly for getting me back into the swing of things working on my technique, and practicing the faster paced running! It definitely makes it easier to stay committed to a program when it’s reasonable distances. It give me plenty of time to get it done! – Katy

“The first time I ran through the program I started at a 26:15 5k, and ended up going down to a 23:47. I waited a few months and did it again after also doing CrossFit and I’m down to a 20:45 now.” – Lane

“Just checking in to let you know that during the first mile of my test yesterday I blew about 30 seconds off of my typical run times. Pretty cool!” – Kenyon

“First I want to tell you that your training programs are epic…. I am currently active duty Army and having used your 5K Program for about 3 months. Within the last 2 weeks, I switch to your APFT Domination program adding that to the tail end of my lifting sessions and the have paid major dividends. I’ve never been much of a runner, but I have noticed a huge difference in my sprinting and being able to maintain my split times. Plus my endurance is getting better and better. I have an APFT next week and I can’t wait to let you know how I do. Keep doing what you do!!!!!” -Jay

“I’ve been on the program for 3 weeks and I’ve dropped 2 minutes off of my 2-mile time! Feels great. Can’t wait to see where I am next time trial!” – Nate

“I got a 21 sec improvement on my 1.5-mile time making a pass on the test a bit more comfortable than cutting it fine. The biggest improvement for me was the push-ups. Was working back from a shoulder injury and went from 21 in 2 mins following a year’s rehab, up to 38 all pain-free.” – Lucy

“I followed your 5k and APFT prep plan over the past 5 weeks and took a pt test this morning so I wanted to update you. My sit-ups went from 60 to 74, and my run when from 15:30 to 14:27.” -Jeffery

“The 5k program is awesome! I was highly surprised when I saw my run time on my latest PT Test go down. I really appreciate the programming and it is so much better than logging long runs! Thanks again I love the training!” – Blake

“I have never ran so fast in my life! (After dropping her 1-mile time from 9:38 to 6:56) Boom. Thanks!” – Ranae

“Amazing program, first time completing a program without shin pain! The drills have really helped improve my form. I’m a professional Jiu-Jitsu athlete, and this was the perfect companion to my normal training.” – Rick

“Even with the busy training cycle still crushed my last run from a 42 min to 38:26 couldn’t be happier with the program and that’s with me missing a few days here and there do to work once I get back and get a more relaxed schedule Ima restart and stay true to it! Appreciate the help!” – Pat

“I just wanted to give you a shoutout on your program. I just finished week 1 of strategic 5K, which I’m using to prep for my upcoming APFT, and I clocked my fastest 1-mile time that I can remember, a 6:55 1 mile, as opposed to my typical 7:15 to 7:30 1 mile. So, although it sucks running, the program seems to be helping, so thanks.” – Jeff

“I bought the Strategic 5k training plan – worked great. Got my PFT down to 19:15 after spending several years around the 22-minute mark, all without sacrificing any strength at the gym.” – Dez

“I just wanted to let you know that I’m seeing great results from your program with a lot less volume… I’ve been doing it for 2 weeks and I modified the “time test” to 1.5 miles for my test rather than 1 mile. A couple of weeks ago I was running a 14:15 (failing) 1.5 mile. Today I ran a 12:55 (passing) 1.5 mile. I’ve never run that fast before.” – Dave

“Still recovering from calf soreness. But, I did take off on 1.5 mile run using pose method and cut 2 min off my usual time. Impressed me because I haven’t run in almost 3 weeks!” – Justin

“I am headed to TBS in a week and just completed my last PFT before checking in. Unfortunately, I was not able to complete the full program but I managed to knock off nearly 2 minutes from my run time going from 23:34-21:45 in just 4 weeks. Thanks for the outstanding programming, I will continue to use it and recommend it throughout my career. I was able to improve my form and pace with every workout and I have kept my strength. Thank you again.” – Dan

“I’m feeling great. Everything you asked was doable although not always pleasurable. Went from 16:00 to 14:00 in 5 weeks. And at the end I’m not dying and winded. Thank you for a great and efficient program.” – Robert

“Thanks the program helped me a lot. Before I started the program I ran a 21:10. I ran 3 miles 2 days ago in 19:37 and I didn’t feel tired after. Thank you!!” – Andrew

“2 years ago, I failed my 2-Mile Run on the APFT with a 22:00. Over the past couple years, I improved to a 17:45-18:30 range, but was stuck for over a year and felt like I hit rock bottom. However, after doing merely one month of the 5k plan I PR’d to a 16:55!! – Irene

“Hey PJ, great results I’m getting!! My previous IST run time was a trash score of 13 minutes, 45 seconds and it literally jumped up to 12.30 in a matter of 3 weeks! Your program is amazing and as I become more consistent with it, I’m excited to see what I can accomplish each time I’m tested! Thank you again!” – Michelle

“My main metric was my 2-mile time which improved by over 2 minutes. One side effect of the program is that it made running suck less.” – Nick

“I went from 24:05 (totally dead at the finish) PFT to a 22:20 using your program!” – Josh

“I hate running, and I felt like I sucked at it. But I’ve been working the drills you sent as best as I can between school and an off-season job. I can already see such a huge difference!! More importantly, I can feel a huge difference. I already feel like I’m gonna be able to tackle next season with a ferocity I didn’t have last year. This program is absolutely life changing.” – Amy