Recovery

Fatigue Tolerance: How to Become a Better Runner in 30 Days Series

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#20 Fatigue Tolerance

SNAPSHOT

The entire purpose of running workouts is to develop fatigue tolerance.

DIGGING DEEPER

One of my favorite coaching podcasts is On Coaching with Magness and Marcus. Steve Magness and Jonathan Marcus are out of the box, push the boundaries, always learning coaches of elite and college runners. They started the podcast when they found themselves together discussing training and figured why not just turn on a microphone and let everyone else in on the conversation. A couple of years later they are on episode 87. I predict this most recent recording will be a listeners’ favorite, as it is already one of mine. So what I am going to share with you is totally from episode 87 with all credit given to them. I encourage you to listen to the entire over an hour recording and pick out more details and discoveries of your own.

Magness and Marcus Discuss:

There are five categories in which you can develop fatigue tolerance within a runner.

  • Central Nervous system (Movement Control)

  • Metabolic System (Cells’ Jobs)

  • Muscular (Muscles)

  • Energy (Carbs, Fat, and Protein Utilization)

  • Emotional (Thoughts and Feelings)

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The Important Equation

stress + rest = growth

(Peak Performance book)

  • Without RECOVERY there is no improvement

  • Number ONE method of recovery = sleep

  • Remember, the recovery period is the source of improvement, not the activity

  • It takes the central nerve system 2 weeks, most likely 28 days, depending on fitness to adapt or grow more tolerant to fatigue.

  • Aerobic based training will have a 6 week delay in showing adaptation.

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My Thoughts

I am fascinated by thinking of training within a new light (using the five categories listed above). Viewing training from a different direction can be very effective in identifying and understanding weaknesses (or strengths) within the training/recovery plans.

In 2013, I learned from my failure when I completed excellent training but matched it with poor recovery (mainly low sleep amounts). There are two parts to the equation, training and recovery, equaling adaption or growth. You must do both, train well and recover well.

It is very difficult to imagine and wait for training effects to show up 4-6 weeks later. AHHH! That is a long time within my quick results culture. However, it is true and I have seen it many times. I often say, 3 weeks. This will be easier or better in 3 weeks. If you keep a detailed log of your training you will be able to attribute the correct stimulus to the actual respondences since you will have many detailed recordings and not forgotten what you did 4-6 weeks earlier. Most of all ask yourself if you are a patient runner?

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SOLUTION

A Runner’s Goal:

HIGHER FATIGUE TOLERANCE

This 30-day series is a quest for me as a writer, coach, and runner. I promise to write about running for 30 days in a row. In doing so I intend to gain in knowledge and expression of running and daily life. My hope is that we all grow together.

Daily Improvements: How to Become a Better Runner in 30 Days Series

Daily Improvements

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SNAPSHOT

Join me on this journey to be a better runner in 30 days.

DIGGING DEEPER

#1 Daily Improvements

Start each day with the objective to improve your running by giving your body the needed stress (which will cause adaptations) or recovery (which will allow for adaptations to occur). Deciphering the needed stress or recovery will allow you to incrementally and consistently progress forward.

Notice Stress. Yes, you will have to get uncomfortable in order to cause your body to rebuild and become better. For the marathon runners out there that no matter the distance of your run, 3 miles or 26 miles, you ALWAYS run the same speed. You are not causing improved fitness adaption in your body. Run a little faster at least once a week. For example, instead of running 10 minute miles for 6 miles, slip in 4 miles of 9 minute miles between the first and last mile. By week three you will love those 9 minute miles for the sense of a new accomplishment.

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Notice Recovery. Without recovery you can not adapt to become a more fit runner. Recovery can take more than 24 hours depending on the stress load and system that you are stressing.

1 Week to Understanding Recovery

To all the engineers out there, stop logging your running for one week. I know it will ruin your spreadsheet and mess up the yearly mileage records, but please let running be something more than numbers on a document. Now during this week complete this plan.

Day ONE -Run a different course than you have before.

Day TWO - Run but don’t wear a watch.

Day THREE - Don’t run, just walk for the same amount of time as you would have run.

Day FOUR - Run a true fartlek workout by landmarks only, no watch.

Day FIVE - Run your usual run then afterward write on an index card three words that describe how your body or mind feels, flip the card over and write three more words (those are most likely your true feelings, not just what you thought you should write).

Day SIX - Without a watch run until you can’t safely run any longer, don’t use specific courses to figure out the distance (it doesn’t matter this week).

Day SEVEN - Within five minutes total, max out on push ups and squats, no running.

After a week of following this plan you will have a new perspective on recovery. Stop counting and reaching for goals and start listening, feeling, and experiencing. If you think this is hogwash and won’t be of any use in learning to recover, I dare you to try and prove me wrong.

Notice incrementally. That is with small steps going in the right direction. An example of the wrong direction is for you to jump into an advanced strengthening gym class and end up with a strained muscle. Versus recognizing the need for a strong body and receiving instruction on a few body weight exercises that will prepare your body for the next level of training in the future. Be patient and wise, choose to progress step by step. Mastering each step before going onto the next.

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Notice consistently. There are two facets to this suggestion of consistency. There is the never take a day off mentality. Where you have a good habits of raising your heart rate with some type of exercise (usually running or strengthening) every single day. The other is the close monitoring of the body in order to make small adjustments so that you don’t trip, figuratively and literally, yourself up and end up on the injured list.



SOLUTION

Reread this sentence below and endeavor to become a better runner in the next 30 days.

Start each day with the objective to improve your running by giving your body the needed stress (which will cause adaptations) or recovery (which will allow for adaptations to occur). Deciphering the needed stress or recovery will allow you to incrementally and consistently progress forward.

improve running times paces running coach shelly Minnesota

This 30 day series is a quest for me as a writer, coach, and runner. I promise to write about running for 30 days in a row. In doing so I intend to gain in knowledge and expression of running and daily life. My hope is that we all grow together.