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CraigD
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Current Training

Post by CraigD » Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:50 am

Over the last 7 weeks I have been averaging 55-60 miles per week with 5 workouts prescribed that follow a pretty similar formula each week:

M - 100s,200s, or 300s or a combination of them. Broken into sets that total 900m-1800m with the total volume being 6-10 miles so usually 6-9 sets. These are typically prescribed to be run at 4:05-4:15 mile pace.
T - 400s, 1ks, or ladders of 350,300,250,200,150,100 w/ 50 m jog rest and alternating a 350m portion after each rep (i.e.300m, 50m jog, 350m, 50m jog, 250m, 50m jog, 350m, 50m jog, 200m). The fast portions should be run around 5:30 pace.
W - Long intervals (4k, 3k, 2k) typically with 6 minute jog rests at 4:40-5:00 pace. Around 10k-12k total volume.
Th- Easy 10k run with plyos and core strengthening work.
F - Easy 4k run followed by 6x200m with 2:30 jog/stand recovery (26-27 seconds each).
Sa - 20x400m at 4:32-40 pace with 45 seconds rest or 45 minute tempo at 5:00-15 pace
Su - Easy 45-50 minutes run

The total quality of fast running typically ranged from 18 miles to 28 miles in any given week. One would think that a very fast time would be possible with such fast running; however, my race today was only a 4:39 mile where I suffered dearly after a 2:07 800m, and I never felt comfortable. I felt fatigue throughout and no leg power.

Is the amount of quality just beginning to wear on me as I go through this rigorous regimen?

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Re: Current Training

Post by shug » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:02 am

CraidD-

Take no offence, but your training schedule is insane! Your approach is the epitome of the "no pain no gain" mentality that NEVER works over the long-term. Where did you come up with this schedule?

The best recommendation I have for you is to read through many of these threads. You should pay particular attention to what Tinman has shared about his training philosophy. Those familiar with Tinman's message, would NOT be surprised by your dismal race performance.

Good luck-

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Re: Current Training

Post by CraigD » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:10 am

Hi Shug,

Thanks for the input. I thought the program was a bit over the top as well, but followed my coach's regimen as he coached his son to a low 3:50's mile. I figured that over time I would eventually adapt, but the last 2 weeks I have been increasingly more fatigued and battling an illness (probably from all the intensity taxing my immune system).

Craig

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Re: Current Training

Post by Spider Man » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:38 am

In total agreement with Shug ...

What you describe is training from the dark ages ...
NO serious elite distance/middle distance athlete would have a schedule like you describe. ...

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