"Just to make you aware that no one has sussed this business 100%."
I hear you RicF. I have been running since last June and I need to hang my hat on something, training approach-wise, and some bits from Hadd are just the hat-stand I need. Whether I understood them right or not, they rang true for me when I put them into practice and I enjoy them. I doubt I will ever be an adherent of one particular approach but I hope to piece various ideas together over time into my own patchwork duvet cover of running lore. It's a grubby polyester sleeping bag at the moment with quite a few holes in it. But it's doing the trick.
I agree. At the start of the journey to personal running discovery, we have to have some sort of base or datum from which to work. I did it myself by following a training pattern to the letter for no more reason than I hoped I would avoid getting injured if I did.
Reduced an 84 minute HM to a 76 minute HM in one year doing that, but mainly it helped me discover what made me a faster runner.
One of those things was so obvious it didn't register. Do some training duh!
Yes I have indeed had many significant periods of downtime. Its really a kind of waiting game.
Many runners just force the issue, where what you really need to do is tick over and wait for the right moment to press on.
My good patches were the first 30 months of training(1990) Then a quiet patch of 4 years ending in zero. A new start and 18 months later broke every pb I had by a distance(1997) Another flat until 2006(lasted a few months) and another flat until now. This year I'll smash every age graded % I've got.
You can't force your body fitter, you have to wait for the moments when it lets you.
As you see, I've effectively had 4 running careers.
Don't under estimate the effect of stress has on your running. If you have too much of that in your day to day life, it will effect your running.
Bus, I've appeared to stop sweating since losing all the flab. Weight at around 120lb's for several weeks now. Of course it could be the 'wind chill' factor keeping me cool. It's the problem I have in winter races. The faster I go the colder I get. It's like I'm on a bike, the way it works.
Dean, good session. And by good I'm referring to the controlled manner of it rather than the resultant numbers.
I'm having to wait for some heat in the day before putting in the fast stuff. In fact, I'm leaving todays hill session until after mid day. 6 x 500m, jog down recovery.
I used to do this hill in 2 minutes, with 3 minutes to get off my face at the top and get back down.