My own experience has also backed this up. If I could start my running career over again, I would seldom run more than 120 km a week, the maximum training distance suggested by Oregon’s Bowerman and Dellinger. I would first see what I could achieve by running that training load for a few years. If I still wished to improve I would then increase the amount of my speed training and perfect the peaking technique. Only when these methods failed to improve my running would I consider increasing my training distances further.
Sixth Additional Rule of Training: Understand the Holism of Training
The term holistic running was first coined by Kenneth Doherty (1964), who made the very simple but profound observation that most training methods “limit their attention to what happens during the few training hours each day and ignore the remaining 20 or more hours, which are often just as effective in determining success in running” (p. 121).
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Thus, athletes need to be aware that they are in training 24 hours a day, and everything they do can affect their running.
But runners should also be aware that there is a holism to training itself. Thus, in his analysis of the different methods of training, Doherty (1964) suggested that the success of Lydiard’s training was due to the balance Lydiard achieved between many factors: training and competition; races that are important and those that are merely training; mileage and enjoyment; different kinds of terrain; endless year-round training and maintaining motivation through six different types of training; and steady-state and uneven speed running. Clearly, you should try to achieve this balance in your own training.
In this post we have looked at the training methods that were first described by Newton and have discussed how these have been refined by other incisive thinkers such as Stampfl, Gerschler, Reindell, Bowerman, Dellinger, Lydiard, and Osier. post 6 consolidates their combined teachings into the 15 Laws of Training and discusses their practical applications. post 8 also considers the training methods of some of the best runners the world has ever known.
This post aims to provide some practical training advice while incorporating the theoretical wisdom of the previous post. It is written particularly for
The neophyte runner. More experienced runners or those who want more exact details of training programs are referred to the blogs of J. Gardner and Purdy (1970), Henderson (1977), Daws (1977), Osier (1978), Lydiard and Gilmour (1978), Galloway (1983), and Glover and Schuder (1983). I have steered clear of giving any detailed training programs because my personal inclination has always been to train according to a general plan and to run each day as I feel. But I am equally aware that some runners will benefit by a more regimented approach.
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