The athletes I work with don’t run enough. The reason the two athletes, Sara and Renee, didn’t run more this past season was due to training age (Sara) and history of injuries (Renee). Sara will need to train more and train harder in the coming year and Renee has now been injury free since Jan 1st* which means that she can now train more miles as well. So that’s the first item in this series of posts where I plan the upcoming macrocycle: The athletes I work with need to run more.
To keep things simple I’m going to focus solely on Renee from this point forward. Why? Because she’s run 15:20 this year, she’s run 15:15 early in her career and the training I will reference is 5k training. Many of the coaches on this site are HS coaches who will no doubt have a young man at some point in their career who can run 15:20 or faster for 12.5 laps on the track. The volumes and intensities for a woman in her mid twenties should not be transposed onto a male in his late teens, yet the similarities will outweigh the differences. Plus, Renee needs to move up to the 10k but she also wants to set a PR at 1,500m (she’s run just under 4:11) and I want to make sure that I do the things in the next 12 months to help her run a killer 10k and PR at 1,500m…and that should mean that a 5k PR will then be in order. [Read more…]