I feel blessed to have the editors at Running Times ask me to write for their magazine on occasion. The following article specifically targets high school athletes, yet like all training, there are general concepts that apply to runners of all ages and abilities. That said, the summer is a special time of year for high school and collegiate athletes, the time where they truly can make a jump from their current fitness into a whole new realm of fitness.
You can read the article at RunningTimes.com or you can simply read below. Enjoy.
The summer is arguably the best time for a high school runner to produce the gains that will make the difference between running on the junior varsity, the varsity or possibly in the state meet. But as simple as summer training may initially appear–run every day, run some of those miles fairly hard, don’t get hurt when doing the first two–the modern reality is that many athletes overtrain in the summer or get hurt in the summer. The overtrained athlete starts the competition season stale and depleted, while the athlete who incurs an overuse injury during the summer starts the season behind everyone else.
The good news is there’s another option, the summer training experience that every high school athlete gets up early to make happen: It’s called “The Jump.” [Read more…]