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Overtraining...Many Runners Feel MORE Miles are BETTER

Overtraining equals Under Recovering for Runners!

Some runners fall into the category of thinking that more miles are always better, but that is not the case.

Our bodies need relative rest and recovery during training. No matter what level athlete you are, relative rest and recovery are crucial to success.

For some athletes relative rest can mean 100 miles a week, others 20 miles per week. Some can have down training weeks every 3 weeks and others up to 6 weeks. It depends on the athlete and the load they are used to, but just a reminder of the power of recovery.

How do you implement down training weeks?

As a run coach, my athletes will get a scheduled down training week every 4-6 weeks depending on where we are in the training cycle. During this time, the long run is not built on and the speed workout (if present) is not a new stimuli. This really helps runners not over train and also helps to reduce the effects of burn out. 

If you are interested in run coaching, please text Dr. Amber @ 713-412-7123 to set up your discovery call. 

Keep living that run life, one mile at a time!