I have mentioned this a tiny bit on the blog but something that I think is really important for training is building a strong base. I found an article @ runnersworld.com (found HERE) that made perfect sense in my little brain about why this is a good idea for where I am right now in my life. From the article by Ed Eyestone:
Some of the key steps for building a base (from the article) are:
1. Time it right: If you don’t have a huge race/marathon coming up then you can do it at anytime but most elite athletes do it at the end of their season.
2. Plan it out: This can last for a few weeks or a few months. The article said that one month is the minimum amount of time to gain the biggest benefits. They also recommended doing one high-mileage week followed by a week of about 10-15 miles less than the previous week.
3. Take it easy: During the base building period they recommend to cut out speed work and that 90-95% of your runs each week should be easy aerobic runs and the long run.
4. THEN TURN IT UP!!! After about 3 weeks of doing base building then you should add in a tempo run, hill workout or marathon-pace run to increase your strength. 6-8 weeks after you started building your base add in a second ‘hard’ workout!
5. Stick it out! Run 90 minutes every 2 weekends. “This will further increase capillarization, improve your body’s ability to burn fat and keep you accustomed to time on your feet.”
So, for me and my training right now, I am sticking to longer runs at a MUCH slower pace so that eventually I will be able to turn it up. I haven’t been including my paces on the blog because I am just a wee bit competitive and know that right now I need to keep it slower and build my mileage safely.
Sorry for so many words in this post…I don’t even want to know how many grammatical errors I made. Next post will have more pictures than words and candy, lots of candy.
What stage in training are you in? Are you building a base, turning up the heat, taking some time to recover or just running because you love it?
Would you call yourself competitive?
-Yep, times infinity. Don’t ever play Monopoly with me.
How many nights do you cook a week? How many nights does your significant other cook?
-I might cook once a week and Billy probably cooks twice a week. The rest of the time we eat at my parents, eat cereal or go out.