The mental challenge of progression
So with the announcement I posted late July (see left), three months ago, I was going to take my training and competition more seriously.
Why? Because of this:
“If I am not able or willing to read, develop, try and retry different training plans and methods I am not able to be the best coach I can be for my athletes. Also; it is far easier to analyze the demands of the sport by being in the races”
Here is a small update on now vs then, and some few tips on what you should think about when it comes to your progression if you are into that!
Back in july I was training about 4-6 hours a week because of some crazy hours at “the office” the last four years. I did at most 30 km per week of running (usually 15 – 20) and did not feel that great when it comes to my physical fitness.
Now: I am doing 7-9 hours a week, mostly about 30 to 40 km a week of running and I am getting stronger and getting faster. So what has happened in between and how can you maybe learn from my process?
- I’ve taken my sweet time pumping up the volume: I’ve used three whole months, more than 12 weeks to go from about 5 hours a week to about 8 hours of training. That has been painfull mentally because I’ve wanted so much more
- I’ve taken my time pumping up the kilometers of running/running time per week: As I suspected my achilles tendon was not going to be nice about running more, but I’ve been patient, done my rehab/prehab, done some contrast therapy (I really recommend this when having “weak achilles-tendons”; see this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbflbnB7MPQ ) and been patient
- I’ve taken my nutrition seriously: Without any hesitation I’ve eaten what I need to perform and recover: lots of fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates to go and lean and clean protein. And of course water: water is key!
- I’ve prioritized at least one strength session a week to keep injuries at bay
So what is the status?
I am injury free (knock on wood)
I am running faster then I have in at least two years
I am keeping my strength and feel nice and explosive in my step
So whats the takeway of this post?
Be patient when dealing with increasing training loads
Use your common sense and don’t overdo it (or maybe let me coach you through it)
To hard, to fast, to intensive, to many times is a gateway to injuries
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