Wednesday, June 14, 2006

training philosophy

*training philosophy

I feel that miles make the man, per say. Improvement comes from building volume, along with other spects, but I think that the main key in distance training is mileage. Lydiard and Daniel's have stressed the fact that the aerobic capacity of a human is one thing that can continue to improve. Miles improve aerobic capabilities.

In high school I ran around 12 miles per week!!! 2 miles a day if that. Once I started training under different coaches, (Gabriel Rodriguez) I began to up my weekly mileage. I went from 12 miles per week to having a week top out at 101 miles. Was it fun? Yes.

But I got hurt, which leads me to the second key, which is probably just as important as mileage: health. You can't run hard every day and you can't train dumb. You have to be smart to stay healthy. Most people feel that mileage isn't what hurts you, it's the intensity. I agree.

After mileage and health I think of specificity as being super important. You don't exactly kill 200 meter repeats if you are looking to run a marathon or an ultra marathon, just as you don't need a 30 mile long run to train for the mile. For Cross Country you will race any where from 4k to 12k and thus can take a program that is built around 5k/10k training and do well on that.

You can dive even deeper into specificity and look at the individual athlete. The athlete might be running cross country (4k to 12k) but be an amazing half miler. Thus you would think the strength would be strength and speed and try to devise a plan that would fit that athlete to be the most successful.Personally, I do not want to get that specifically involved. I believe that if I find a decent cross country training program that works (just for example) and my top athlete is improving, then my worst athlete will improve as well. But this is another subject for another time.

My fourth and final principle is recovery. If you take recovery serious then you should stay healthy, and be able to complete the training phases and race well.

4 principles of training:
1 mileage
2 health
3 specificity
4 recovery

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