Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics! This week’s topic asks – What is your training philosophy?
Let me start off by saying that I am not a coach or personal trainer. My training philosophy comes from trying different half marathon and marathon training plans.What I will outline below worked for me, but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily work for you. Everyone has to find their own sweet spot when it comes to training.
My training philosophy is “Less is More”.
Don’t run all the miles
Truth be told, running is NOT my favorite thing to do. I have a lot of love and respect for strength training (it’s probably my first love) and cross training (I love indoor cycling). What I found out after my first marathon training cycle was that I need to strike a balance between all three. This usually means running less miles than “normal” training plans – but that works for me. During peak training weeks I can average around 35-40 miles, but other traditional training plans may call for more miles, probably 50+.
Never miss a long run
I may not run as many weekly miles, but I never miss a long run. I really believe that the long runs help me mentally prepare for race day and it’s always beneficial to have practice with “time on your feet”. Sure, I’ve had to cut some long runs short (12 miles down to 10 miles, etc), but I still felt good about getting out there to run. Some runners never miss speed workouts, but I never miss long runs – just a personal preference!
Be kind to your body
With any training plan, your body takes a beating. It’s important to remember to be kind to your body. This could take many forms – a weekly massage, a rest day, more time spent foam rolling and stretching, etc. Whatever feels best for your body, do it! Remember, you can’t pour from an empty tank so taking time to recharge and treat your body well is a good thing!
Tell me: What’s your training philosophy?
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