Chasing new goals leads me to less running in my new training plan.
There’s nothing like a forced lay off due to injury to have you re-evaluate your goals and training.
To guide our training we need goals.
- Injury proof my running
- Reach a fitness level to run a sub-3 hour marathon
You notice there isn’t a deadline listed in those goals.
Pushing a hard deadline on a sub- 3 hour marathon will likely risk my first goal of staying injury proof. Therefore I am open to however long is needed. It could be 6 months, or it could take over a year. I don’t know yet.
I’m seriously cutting back on my run volume. Long runs and high volume will be a quick way back to injury for me.
Guidelines for run volume include:
- I have to be able to maintain good form for each and every run
- The volume must be well within my capabilities
It is the running equivalent of stopping 2-3 repetitions short on a weight lifting set. Adaptation still occurs with until grinding yourself down into fatigue.
More Other Stuff
Less running leaves some extra time.
With this extra time I am dedicating it other training modaltities:
- Strength training
- Prehabilitation / Rehabilitation
These will now be written into my training plan. Previously I have been performing these on an ad hoc basic. It didn’t work.
Less running and more other stuff means more variety. I am looking forward training that doesn’t entail mile after mile after mile.
I am expecting this change in approach will reduce the feeling of grinding day after day. It reminds of how I used to train for triathlons. You could partially recover from one discipline while hitting another hard.
I expect my training to be quite effective. More importantly it should be a lot of fun.
Is your training fun?