I just had an online client finish several weeks of intense business work, putting in long days and having little time for sleep. He was able to train during this time, but looking back on it, I probably should have lowered his running load.
Now he has a much lighter schedule. It’s by no means an easy work schedule, but nothing like the previous weeks.
I’m sharing this because I’ve asked him to go easy this first week. His brain needs a break, even though his workload has gone from crazy to normal. Your brain has to be fresh before you can train. If your brain isn’t ready to go and you’re trying to run solid volume with good workouts and long runs, you’ll be able to do it for a few weeks, but then you’ll have issues. You could get sick, you could have a little injury flare-up or you could simply start to feel flat in training.
What does this look like in terms of training? [Read more…]
Better to be under-trained and fresh, than to be over-trained and drained. A runner who is rested and energetic will race faster than a runner who has put in more miles and/or more intense training, but is tired in the days leading up to the race. Again, simple concept, but an important one for both coaches and athletes.