TRAINING: What lies beyond

With a great pinnacle and season-finisher coming up, it's no harm to look ahead at what comes next. I've talked of my desire to achieve more road PBs and compete in the cross-country season next year, and while that stays true, I have set myself a much more important target: To adapt a professional lifestyle as I transition into my new job at work.

I am hoping this new job, while challenging, will give me more flexibility and it will certainly give me more resources. I therefore want to increase my number of training sessions per week to thirteen - the standard for most elites.

This won't be done through an insane ramp-up in mileage but rather I plan to re-enter my volume face around the 90km and then build up to 120km. However, I will aim to always do a slow jog Mon-Sat of at least 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes in length. Ideally, this should followed by a quick morning session of strength and plyometric work on three occasions, but I may include this later.

I won't be very strict on the actual length of the morning jogs for the beginning, the main thing is to learn how to organise my life around this amount of training sessions and get used to being active for this period. Organising your life to suit your running is a fundamental requirement for maximising your potential. My great belief is that all athletes deserve the answer to the question "how good could I really be" and hopefully I can put a program in place that will allow me to answer it for myself.

There will be a few weeks where I know it won't be logistically possibly, such as my holidays in Denmark the last week of August. I believe this is fine, training should not be dogmatic but rather intuitive. Learning to train 13 times per week is an ideal to aspire to and to reach on as many occasions as possible but there are times when life must intervene.

So returning from England, I will have one more easy week before entering the next big step-up in training.


Roy said…
Thirteen?! I thought that I was a superhero building up to six for the Cork Marathon, ha ha.

Good stuff Rene, nice to catch up with your blog again.
Renny said…
Good to hear from you Roy, hope all is well down south!

Hope thirteen is not an unlucky number! No mocking six, though, a lot can be achieved with six days of training as long as it's good but I'm sure you know that already.

It'll be tough no doubt, my main hope is to see just how feasible it is with my job. I'm desperate in the mornings, so will probably be looking at Noon runs if I can.

If it doesn't work out, recovery-wise, I'll need a slightly different approach to training in the future.