Looking to push your performance up a notch? Here are 5 general training tips that can help:
➡️ POLARIZED TRAINING
Ensure that your training is well balanced between harder runs and easy runs, and avoid getting stuck in the ‘moderate’ zone too often. A hard effort doesn’t always need to be too close to max effort, but rather aiming for an 80-90% effort for the majority of these harder workouts.
➡️ VARIETY OF WORKOUTS
Training should include a good mixture of paces and efforts. We use different biomechanics and muscles at different paces, so it’s important to give our bodies a good range of paces in our training. Different types of workouts also target different areas of improvement, so any runner should be looking to incorporate a well-balanced mix of workouts if they’re looking to build themselves into a well-rounded athlete.
➡️ SUFFICIENT RECOVERY
“You only benefit from the training that you can recover from.”
Without sufficient recovery, all of your hard efforts are going to waste as the recovery period is where your body is able to adapt and improve from the work that you’ve put it through.
➡️ KEEP THE BALL ROLLING
When you’re able to sustain consistency over a period of a few months, that’s when you usually see the biggest improvements in fitness. In order to do this, avoid things that will break your momentum such as a lack of recovery or putting too much stress on your body. If you’re pushing yourself into your reserves too often, then you won’t be able to consistently sustain decent quality workouts over a period of weeks and months.
➡️ HAVE FUN
Enjoyment is usually synonymous with improvement in training. When you’re enjoying your running, it’s far easier to stay motivated and consistent. Look for things such as group training for fun/motivation or other ways to keep yourself mentally stimulated.