How goes the winter training? What are you doing for your winter training? Rowing/Ellitpical work? Some strength and conditioning work? Maybe you're doing a lot of core work or enjoying the mental freedom that comes with group fitness classes. All good things.
But, if your training sessions are starting to stagnate as the winter grows longer legs where you live, I'd like to talk to you about adding some speed work to your winter training.
Yes, this likely means running on a treadmill for your speed work. I know that's not appealing to some of you, but there are some real benefits to running intervals on a treadmill.
Before we delve into those benefits, one of the reasons that I enjoy interval training/speed work during the winter months is because I am building a base of speed for a focused period of time during a time of the year not normally associated with improving your speed. When I come out of this program, I will maintain speed work at a frequency of 1x per week in order to maintain my speed gains as I move into the spring and some early summer races.
I am a bigger guy by genetic make-up. Even if I eat super clean and run 30-35 miles per week, I'd still weigh 210-215 pounds...much bigger than most folks who run distance races. I normally walk around at 225 pounds, which means if I don't work on running fast - that ability will quickly diminish.
In the month of January I have been working on the following interval running program. I will continue this program through the third week of February:
I used to do a lot of speed work on back to back days and even go as many as 4x per week, but after a serious hamstring injury in 2011 while training for the Best Ranger Competition, I can no longer handle that much speed volume. So I've spread it out to give my legs time to recover.
I want to encourage other athletes to listen to their bodies. This program may not be right for you, but 400s twice per week during the winter might fit the bill.
Ah yes - I almost forgot.
Best to you and your families in 2018.
Train hard and train smart!
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I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are grieving several losses including race cancellations. Though it's a bummer, I want you to know that your hard-earned training is far from wasted.
Those miles are in your legs and all kinds of wonderful benefits have occurred including the addition of mitochondria, adding new capillary beds for increased blood flow, and strengthening the heart muscle for future training.
As athletes, it's important for us to be proactive in maintaining a strong immune system. We're not only doing this for our own prevention but also our loved ones that we spend time with.
Read on for 5 tips to consider as you seek to stay healthy.