Before we go into detail, let me reiterate two points. First, the reason that volume was a such a low priority when Renee and I started working together was that she was coming of an injury and she simply needed to stay healthy while running. I didn’t care about her volume week in and week out (I never calculated it, though I’m sure she did), but rather I cared about her taking the “next logical step” (that’s a Mark Wetmore term) with workouts that were challenging, yet doable. Second, Renee has had a very good summer of racing, considering her past couple of yeas, and as one of the most active contributors to the site rightly asked, “Why have her run more if she’s had a great season and is close to her PRs?” The short answer is that my primary job is to help her reach her genetic potential and if she doesn’t explore greater running volumes in her training then she will likely never reach her genetic potential. Longer answer can be found here.
With those two points out of the way, lets talk about the volume of her long run. [Read more…]