Our previous post talked about the recovery week, which is something that is part of a regular training cycle and helps to facilitate adaptation. A post-race recovery period is quite a different concept. This period comes straight after a big goal race, and its key aim is to allow your… Read More »Why do I need a post-race recovery period?
As a coach, I’m a big fan of implementing recovery weeks into an athlete’s training plan and it’s something that I believe is essential in allowing them to train at a consistently high level and avoid injuries as much as possible. A recovery week is a week (or short period… Read More »The role of the recovery week in training
It’s a term that coaches love to use (including ourselves). We tell our athletes that ‘consistency is the key to success’ and emphasize its importance. But, what does this really mean? Is it about running as regularly as possible? Hitting a consistent mileage? Performing well in every workout? How do… Read More »WHAT DOES ‘CONSISTENCY’ ACTUALLY MEAN?
Many of you have probably heard of ‘the 10% rule’ – the notion that one should increase mileage by a maximum of 10% per week in order to minimize your risk of injury. In practice however, this rule is fairly arbitrary and doesn’t make sense in many situations. We’re going… Read More »DEBUNKING THE 10% MILEAGE RULE
What are marginal gains? Marginal gains are all about small incremental improvements in different aspects of training that add up to a significant improvement when they are all added together. This is a well-known concept but possibly misunderstood in terms of how it actually leads to improvements. Marginal gains are… Read More »What are marginal gains?