Friday, February 02, 2007

Groundhog Day

Back in 1993 Bill Murray stared in a movie titled "Groundhog Day" where patterns happen over and over again until he realizes he cannot escape Groundhog Day. Many runners live "Groundhog Day" and repeat the same training over and over again because they do not evaluate their training and create a method of progression. Many coaches recognize this, read this quote by Renato Canova:

"But when you already are a marathoner for two or three years, and you continue with the same system, this is not a stimulus, so you cannot be ready. So problem was, you are prepared for 35 kilometers, you have fuel for 35 kilometers, because there is a mistake in training.You can improve many years if you have motivation, but you must find what can yet stimulate your body. And if you continue with the same type of training, no more stimulus. So one of the big mistakes of people, in America I think, is that when you are able to follow one type of training, and this training produce good results, you continue.

No, this is the time to change, not to continue!

Because if you continue, you cannot stimulate your body. The overall concept can stay the same, but you must change something — volume or intensity, more modulation, something different, because we need stimulus."

Now think about the Arthur Lydiard system and his original schedule;

12 weeks X-country schedule
6 weeks Road Racing (2 mile schedule)
10 weeks Marathon conditioning
6 weeks hills
10 weeks Track Schedule
4 - 6 weeks track racing
2- 4 weeks off training

Even the 12 week X-country schedule, and 10 week Track Schedule were broken into halves of lower intensity and higher intensity. The training was constantly changing (not caught in "Groundhog Day")

Yesterday Mark asked about evaluating his training regarding loading, it is a very important question. Evaluating your training and changing the load are the keys to running better. Arthur's system had a good method of changing and moving on to progress. Tomorrow's post will cover how to evaluate your condition and how to train to condition all the fibers.

Remember it is only six more weeks to spring.


Anonymous said...

Hiya, Mike-

I could be wrong, but it looks like your little one is featured on the SAR page at present. :)


Mike said...

Thanks Debrah, that's a nice pic (might have to swipe it!).

What the coach says in the post certainly rings true for me during my second go-around of Lydiard training for the San Diego marathon last June. I ended up pretty much following the same schedule as I did the first time around, only with more of a workload and less rest. I was rewarded with a run that was 3 minutes slower.

Mark said...

I am looking forward to your next installment, this is really helping me keep on track for Boston