In our modern age of information overload we have so much
training advice at our fingertips that our challenge is not finding a training schedule, but deciding which advice to follow.
Over the years of my own training, coaching and researching the methods of other coaches, I have seen that there are a number of similar threads that run through every successful coaches’ programmes:
- Regular daily running.
- The greater percentage of training is long easy running.
- Easy training is easy and hard training is hard.
- Recovery is prioritized.
- There is a periodic rhythm of training and rest.
- The programme builds slowly.
- Endurance and strength before speed.
- Training pace is mostly based on effort and “feel”.
- Training sessions are simple to understand and implement.
- There is always a hill session in there somewhere.
- The weekly LSD is a cornerstone workout.
- The training emphasis and types of sessions vary throughout the year.
- A lot of training is done on soft surfaces.
- Attention is given to mobility, stability and rhythm work.
- Nutrition is balanced and simple.
The conclusion of the matter is this: Keep it simple, run far, run often, run happy!