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Crap Against A Wall

by on Sep 12th, 2010

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In the distance world the programming of anything other than the running component is, by and large, just a mish-mash or disorganized things put on random days with no other thoughts than “we should do this stuff.”  In essence, by just throwing random training stimuli into the training week–say a recovery run followed by some MaxV work and then some dynamic stretching and then some high knee drills and then some “core” and then some medicine ball work and then a few sets of pull ups–we’re effectively filling up a box full of crap, slinging it at a wall, and hoping some of it sticks.  While that’s fine and good if you have no performance goals in mind, the training of elite or emerging elite athletes must be far more metered, methodical, and thought out.

In a recent exchange with Mark McLaughlin, we discussed that metabolically, distance runners are not respecting the idea that our hard days must be hard and the easy days kept easy.  Failing to be truly easy and to emphasize recovery in their running work is shorting them of specific morpho-functional adaptations that occur only at lower levels of intensity that, over time, feed into improving the speed at AT.

The same can be said for the inclusion of other training modes willy-nilly.  While I have absolutely no problem with the inclusion of appropriate loads of ancillary training methods on days/sessions that are to emphasize recovery neruologically, biochemically, structurally, etc, I am adamantly opposed to throwing crap against a wall.  The key phase is “appropriate loads.”  As I’ve written about many times in the past, appropriate program design not only considers the goal of the training mode–strength training to enhance strength, running improves running–but, likewise, takes into consideration the ultimate goal and works together with other modes to reach that end.

Are you throwing crap against a wall?


Carson Boddicker


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  • Jason Pedersen September 12, 2010

    No I’m not; thanks to you and Coach Heins!

    I remember when talking with my high school coach a couple years ago about first introducing morning runs to get some more mileage, he said adding them on workout days was best. This was completely against my intuition. Shouldn’t I do them on the easy days so I’m not tired for workouts? I will always remember him saying “Keep your easy days easy and make your hard days hard.”

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