Thursday, 21 June 2012

Change of strategy

Over the past 30 or so years my basic strategy for training has revolved around a 7 day cycle, starting Monday and ending Sunday.  Based upon two speed session which coincide with club nights at Blaydon Harriers on Tuesday's and Thursday's, a long run on Sunday and steady miles the remaining days, with slight adjustments for whichever races I aim for / time of year etc.  This is probably very similar to most other club runners.

I am however, finding it increasingly difficult to recover from races and hard sessions.  Sometimes racing on the weekend and still not being recovered in time for Tuesday's session.  This means either skipping the Tuesday session or putting it back until Wednesday, which in turn affects Thursday's session and so on.

As a result, from the middle of June I have changed from a 7 day cycle to a 10 day cycle in the hope that this will help the situation.  It's too early to tell as yet but hopefully it will help me get the results I am looking for.

Only time will tell.

1 comment:

Clapped-Out Runner said...

One of the (many) negative things about growing old is that recovery takes longer! I also now find I rarely function fully at a Tuesday night session after a Sunday race. However, back in the 80s my Ipswich club used to train on Monday nights (this was enforced due to availability of premises) and there seemed no problem back then!