Thursday, 9 June 2005

Training Principle #8

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, June 09, 2005 with 2 comments
"Don’t ease off training for races, except the handful of races that are your major goals."

In the article I have just written for the July Vetrunner I mention that I got into the habit at the start of my career of having Fridays off training every week and racing every Saturday. I ran interclub in summer and cross country races in winter, all on Saturday afternoons.

Not a good habit: it treats every Saturday as important, it never allows for a solid block of training weeks or months where racing is set aside or token.

Sure racing improves your fitness to a point. But you don't need it week after week. Anyway, if you run a 5k in 25 minutes one week because you have trained through, and in 20 another because you have peaked and rested, you will remember the 20 minute run not the 25 minute one. And you will say "I am a 20 minute 5k runner".

To improve more in the longer term, sacrifice short term smaller improvements.

Training Principle #8 - Don’t ease off training for races, except the handful of races that are your major goals.


  1. I like TP #8. I think I'll call that my 'Principal Secret'.

    I did the same - having every Friday off before a Saturday race. These days I still pick Friday for a rest day (if I need one) - not to peak for a race, just to give my running body a rest.

    I always remember a certain elite Aussie female who 'trained through' (but still won) the Australian 15k road championships.

  2. Ewan beat me to it, but I like TP#8 too!
    Even if it is just me seeking to legitimise what I like to do.