Periodization Done Different Ways for Track & Field

Today we discuss ideas on how to use different periodization schemes for different events and points in the season. By no means do I preach these to be gospel. Obviously, some of the points made below will be familiar. However, my goal is to get everyone started in a similar place.

Defining Periodization

"Systematic schedule that divides up an athlete's training into different periods or themes to access a humans potential through adaptation causing improved sport performance."


- Annual Plan (Macro) 1-4 years

- Mesocycle 4-6 weeks

- Microcycle 1-2 weeks


Prep and Competitive


General, Specific, Pre-comp, Competitive, and Transition