We will add here information supplied by the Yorkshire Regional Endurance Centre and by England Athletics, or other approved sources, such as from the coaches on the Adult Endurance Programme. You can work through these to get up-to-date information on well-established scientific approaches to training, so that you can develop your own training and improve your running.
One of the great misconceptions in running is that you get in shape by just repeating the same activity over and over again. Seb Coe’s father and coach famously said, “Slow running produces slow runners”. If you want to improve from where you are now, and improve consistently you will need a year-round conditioning programme.
The bottom line in sports conditioning and fitness training is stress, not mental stress, but adaptive body stress. Sportsmen and women must put their bodies under a certain amount of stress (overload) to increase physical capabilities.
Training to improve an athlete’s performance obeys the principles of training: specificity, overload, recovery, adaptation and reversibility.
Plotting your own way forward
Step 1: what quantity of training do I do right now? And what is the next level up? Check your “level” on this Weekly Mileage Chart – find your chosen event and check (over the past month) your current weekly mileage or activity level. This gives you a base measure for your current “base”.
For information on what to eat, when to eat it, and why, download this detailed nutritional guide from UK Athletics to help you understand how to fuel your body.
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