With beginners and especially with older runners, it’s about applying appropriate levels of training stress balanced with carefully metered progression and most importantly, providing for adequate and proper recovery.
It’s actually more about figuring out what works for you and what doesn’t. Embracing a holistic approach to training and lifestyle and by doing the right things now in the present, enhances your health, general fitness and well-being in the future. But, we also want to avoid the common tendency to push too hard, too soon. We refer to this as “overreaching”, if left unchecked can lead to “over training”; which inevitably leads to overuse injuries and burnout.
As your running coach, my main objective is to nurture your long-term development, providing training workouts specifically crafted and tailored for you. It’s your unique program that adjusts to you as you progress from day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month, and year-to-year.
By establishing consistency in your running, keeping you fit and adopting a more health conscious lifestyle, over the long haul, you are more likely to enhance your quality of life well into your 50’s and 60’s and maybe even beyond.
Coaching is as much an art as it is science, so I like to try new things and experiment with different workouts as opportunities arise and not be constrained to a single way of training. The human body is a fantastically dynamic organism, and each person is a unique individual, constantly changing and adapting in different ways. So, shouldn’t your training recognize and reflect that as well?