Friday, January 1, 2010
The 15 Laws of Training
according to Tim Noakes MD, a South African and author of the thickest book on running you'll ever see - The Lore of Running
1. Train frequently, all year-round*
2. Start gradually and train gently*
3. Train first for distance, only later for speed*
4. Don't set your daily training schedule in stone*
5. Alternate hard and easy training
6. At first, try to achieve as much as possible on a minimum of training
7. Don't race when in training or run at race pace for distances above 16 km*
9. Incorporate base training and peaking (sharpening)
10. Don't overtrain*
11. Train with a coach
12. Train the mind*
13. Rest before a big race*
14. Keep a detailed logbook
15. Understand the holism of training
MY COMMENT: Lots of valuable information in the article. I like his take on the Science of Sharpening
so runners' bodies tell them when they are sharpening correctly.
◙ During the speed-training sessions, the body no longer needs to be forced through the session. Rather the body "surges forward at its own will" and "thirsts to accelerate."
◙ In the hour following training, the runner feels supreme vigor, quite unlike the normal post-exercise feelings of mild fatigue.
◙ Everyday physical activities, such as climbing stairs, become easier.
◙ The runner becomes increasingly sensitive to everyday situations and is mildly irritable as the body is "prepared for action and is ready for the fight."
◙ As the body becomes flooded with previously latent energy, a heightened sexual awareness is often evident.