Monday, February 28, 2011
EricG's Running Tips #9 Do What Works For You
In my opinion the key to finding what works is to step outside your comfort zone and give new things a shot. Recently I decided to do just that. I hear about elite runners putting in 150 to 200 miles a week and very well accomplished friends of mine like Tony Portera will run 6 or 7 days a week including doubles twice a week at peak training. Coming in to this year with a busy schedule planned I thought it would be a good time to increase my running, not just mileage but also the number of days. As I posted a couple of days ago sharing my Umstead training, my routine consists of four days running, two days cross training and one rest day. This training schedule has been working for me the past two years. I have been ready for each new adventure and relatively injury free.
The adjustment I made was only slight but the impact was obvious. What I did was add 5 mile runs prior to hitting the gym on my cross training days. That's just 2 short runs a week. I had hoped this additional mileage would make me stronger and continue to improve my endurance. To the contrary for me. The increased running actually brought on new issues including hip pain, increased toe pain (remember hallux rigidus), overall tiredness and soreness. So in the end, I am always extremely impressed, even jealous that these incredible amounts of running work for others. It just does not work for me. But I am glad I tried, because now I know what works for me. What works for you?