"Being a creative with your training means trying new training methods to see if they are effective and integrating them in a training system"
With this in mind I have worked a few things into my training some effective, some not as effective.
As for effective the new strength exercises have been showing great results while the high milage approach has not proven to be as effective. To that end I am transitioning to dropping milage replacing the longer easy runs with the shorter tempo runs and increasing the strength component of my training with added plyometics and balance training.
Training in its current form, the time training each day is the same but the time spent doing easy milage has been replaced with balance training and light plyometrics to start.
This focus on the shorter tempo runs and more specifically the added strength highlights the physiological and neural effects of training, as well as the role of the nervous system in training.
This training will place a strong emphasis on proprioception, force, balance, coordination, timing and neuromuscular efficiency. Two examples of exercises which will be a staple are exercises to strengthen the feet and balance training exercises.
Track season begins this Saturday at Foote Field with the U of A Challenge 1500m, excited to toe the line!
Earlier this spring someone asked me what my racing plans were and my response was, "track, if that doesn't go well, marathon and if that doesn't go well, ultra marathon". His response was, "that's casting a pretty large net". Indeed it was but I was in some ways waiting for a sign as too which direction to follow but after Saturdays workout of 2 x 200m in 38sec, 2 x 200m in 34sec, 2 x 400m in 68sec and 2 x 200m in 32sec the gravel track parted and direction appeared.
Outdoor track season hear we come.
If one were to look at me, their first thought would not be marathon runner:-), at 165lbs I have often thought that I was better suited to the track and I do like the short stuff, no gels required and home in time for dinner:-)
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!