Slightly undertrained with daily recovery and consistency are the secrets to success.
Do you wonder what the secret workout is that gets runners to the podium? It is not so secret as you may think. In addition, the method is not just for the elite.
It is quite simple to explain. Train the body to adapt at it's highest possible rate without causing too much trauma or stress. Allow the adaptation to occur under the most optimal recovery circumstances. All the while adding each adaptation upon each other without setbacks or plateaus, therefore creating a consistent training year.
The complexity is in the individual differences between each human. One runner's maximum weekly mileage is another runner's low level. Each body is unique in its making and ability to withstand the pressures of running. We all need different amounts and elements to recover optimally. The stress of our life intervenes with consistent training.
So what does this all boil down to? How do you get faster, better, stronger? Listen to your body. With the knowledge that slightly undertrained with daily recovery and consistency are the secrets to success, do as your body needs. Train hard using your internal motivation, tread carefully the rest of the 23 hours of the day in order to recover, and plan carefully causing a consistent training schedule.
It is simple yet complex. This is where turning to a coach will improve your running. A running coach keeps you on the right track towards appropriate training and adequate recovery. They should be sensitive to your recovery at the same time challenging you just enough to cause adaptation and increased fitness. A coach sets out your training plans and keeps you accountable.
Your finish time should not dictate whether you deserve a coach. Whatever level you are running at, you still need someone to guide you. I have a coach. Even this coach needs a coach to run optimally and to reach her potential. Reach out to a runner around you that inspires and encourages you. Ask them to guide you through a successful 2017.
Secret exposed, what are you going to do with it?