Consistency in Running Knowledge
I want to talk today about a newsletter I received from the peak performance newsletter.
This is from the authors of a book Peak Performance, it’s a good read check it out.
Today I want to talk about consistency. Not consistency in your training like running every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, but consistency in what you’re doing for your training. In the newsletter, they talked about a couple East African runners who recently have competed in the Berlin Marathon but Bekele dropped out of yet another marathon and Kipchoge crushed it.
There was an article on LetsRun about Bekele’s training and how he receives advice from numerous people and he’s not consistent in what he does for training. Kipchoge, on the other hand, is getting his information just from his coach. His coach gets all this information but then filters it. He’s the filter and passes on what Kipchoge needs to know – But Bekele on the other hand isn’t so consistent with the advice he’s receiving and putting into practice and I wanted to talk about this because it’s something that I’ve considered in the past as well.
I’ve suggested people who aren’t working with the coach, people who are following a training schedule, that they don’t follow it just one time. I suggest they follow it three or four times and tweak it and tune it every time you repeat it. But you’re basically following the same format & same schedule for three, four or five times over a number of years and this makes sure that you’re progressing the same way in the same path year after year now.
Of course you shouldn’t just follow a half-marathon plan five times in a row, I suggest doing maybe a 5k training schedule in the winter if you’re training for a full or a half in the summer or fall.
An issue I have with Runners World, for example, is that they come up with a new edition & new magazine every month and that’s a new pile of information of strength training routines and running advice every month for people and that’s the opposite of what we’re talking about right here!
Switching up your training every two or three months isn’t ideal, it’s the consistency over time following the same training, the same strength routine, for three months. Not just one month and don’t switch it up next time you get a new Runners World edition.
One of the benefits of having a coach is that the coach is the filter and tells you what to do most optimally and keeps you on that path that keeps you from seeing a squirrel or it keeps you from getting analysis paralysis and not being sure what to do. I spoke with someone recently who I was preparing a RUNDOWN for and he said during his last training time for a marathon he basically switched training schedules mid-training because he heard the Hal Higdon plans were good. Of course, the plan was not right for him and he ended up having some issues!
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