Originally Posted by Matt Cricchio
Allen, sorry for the thread hijack. But...
James when you start moving into the latter sessions at what frequency do you go at them? I'm doing about 4 a week now and I'm feeling good. I know once I get into the more intense/longer runs 4 times a week isn't going to occur very often. I really like to plan out my training weeks in advance and once it's on the paper I feel bad if I don't do it.
Two times a week? Have you still seen progress at that frequency?
Matt, this may seem like a cop out but I think you have to adapt the schedule to the way you are feeling. Yes, you can bang some of these runs out for 5 days at a time but others are going to leave you needing proper rest.
I think learning to listen to your body is a vital skill. There is a difference between getting home from work and feeling a bit tired and then bunking off training and
coming home and collapsing into bed because you are absolutely shattered. Pre-planning your training is very sensible but you must always be flexible and adapt to stresses on your body.
Having said that, I think 2-3 sessions a week is still manageable, remembering that some of the longer runs go back to back and will need more more than 24 hours rest between them.
Is that answer suitably vague?