Just wondered how many of you take a rest during the year, and then pick up training ready for target races? And how long does it take for you to train for say, a competitive half marathon after the rest?
I don't follow my coach from about March to end of August, the summer months, when there are no races and it is far too hot in Hong Kong for serious training. Nevertheless I run around 4x a week, with usually 2 easy runs, a faster session based on effort not on time, and of course, a long run. Then I follow more systematic training from September for races in November through to February, key ones in December/January.
I was complaining to my coach last week that didn't feel that fit and lacked confidence and he said that's because I 'rested' over the summer. But from what I read many HM programmes are around 3 months, so shouldn't that be sufficient time for getting race-ready, considering my base running over the summer?
Surely you can't train hard 12 months a year, and isn't there something called periodization? I ran a 1hr 42 HM for my preparation race in November, with my goal HM just before Xmas, target around 1hr 41.
Thanks for the input. Maybe I'll try slog out 8 reps and then do a longer steady session. I have not "built up" to the 12 reps at all. Recently he has set longer reps, 2K, 3K, even 4K reps at a slower pace. I think what I need though is to be able to manage a controlled workout and not just "die".
~I'll let you know how I get along...
When you say that the HM target is out of step with my 10K PB do you mean that my HM target should be faster?
Right - my 10K PB is around 44 mins, by HM PB is around 1hr 42 mins (I'm 46 yrs old). Training around 50-60K a week, in 5 runs: 1 x long run (18-20K), 1 x intervals, 1 x medium run (12K), and some easier runs.
So is the pace too fast, or the reps too many?
And my coach is a real person who sends me workouts via email. I have seen him a few times and he usually trains marathon runners. I'd consider myself a middle distance as I focus on 10K and HM, never done a marathon... yet.
Cougie - yep, same coach. Never took the time to find a new one, just stuck in a rut! Is he a bit crazy?