My favorite quote is “practice is a 24-hour process.”
When it comes to most things about running, I don’t know the answer. There are thousands of aspects of running, from the biochemistry of lactate buffering, to the potential benefit of glycogen-depleted long runs in marathon training, to the best way to transition into spikes for a track athlete. But there is so much to know, and that knowledge is much greater than what I do know, which means that much of the time when I’m asked a question, I don’t know the answer. You know what I’m saying?
Today I received the following question via twitter:
@coachjayjohnson Maybe masters can better stimulate hormones w/heavier wts? Is lunge matrix anabolic enuf 4 old guys? (Linked to this tweet was the article “Resistance Training Ups Testosterone in Muscles of Older Men.”)
Great question. I don’t know. My guess is that for the vast majority of masters athletes – maybe 95% or more – the Lunge Matrix is not going to give them the same hormonal stimulus that weight room work will.
But here is what I do know: if you progress from body weight exercises to some light external loads, such as rotational work with a medicine ball, then to a heavier external load, such as a kettlebell, and then go to the weight room, the chance that you’ll be healthy and injury-free is high. But I don’t know exactly how fast you can move through this progression; I’m cautious with the athletes I work with, and move them to the weight room slowly. But again, I don’t know – maybe we could go there earlier.
I also don’t know how to answer the following question, but I do look forward to hearing what others think about it:
Honestly, as a former college athlete and college coach, I thought this question was a joke given how many runners have some level of disordered eating. But my guess is that it’s an honest question, and to me there is only one answer: you have to get enough calories to support your training while also getting enough sleep to support your training. But again, I don’t know exactly how many calories that is and how little sleep that is for @ReadEatWriteRun. (Note: some confusion might have come from this part of this infographic that I shared in the Sunday Morning Reads last weekend).
This is a great opportunity for people to chime in with their thoughts. I look forward to reading the comments.
How did you sleep last night? Did you get enough sleep to have a good run this morning? Here is a fantastic infographic about sleep (click the graphic to enlarge it). Campers at the Boulder Running Camps hear my say this every year: your mom wants you to change your diet to become a better runner, yet the campers probably don’t get enough sleep to support your training. Obviously having both dialed in is best but sleep, along with hydration, is almost always undervalued by high school runners, as well as collegiate and adult runners. I slept 9 hours every night during college to support 85 miles a week in singles. For me it was the only way to handle the training. The importance of sleep for runners can not be overstated.
Check out this short story on a Alan Feneca, former NFL lineman who broke 4 hours. I would love to know what his training program looked like, specifically his long runs. With his fiber type you could argue that a cross fit endurance approach might be good, as long as he’s getting in a few long-long runs where he teaches his body to utilize fat as a fuel source.
Have a great week and look for a couple of posts this week.
Thanks to Skyler Cummins for helping with this week’s reading.