Wong Fei Hung
Of course but it’s wrong of people to scare others away from doing more when they may have the ability and desire to do more in order to reach higher levels of performance. If you haven’t explored your limits, how can you know where your limits really are? Even more, how can someone who doesn’t even know you know where your limits really are?
I have never said otherwise. Remember, I’m not the one who brought up Galloway in the first place. However, in this discussion which was meant to be about people getting the wrong message on how to reach high levels of performance, I will say that Galloway’s “walk breaks help you finish faster” message is as off base as nearly anything out there.
All this may indeed be true, yet those who truly do have the ability and the desire would not be at all influenced by the likes of Galloway. That Galloway is known to prevaricate to support and spread his $15.95 gospel is not much of a secret, and he should of course be rebuked as often as he is praised (even though he is given far too much credit for getting any fanciful number of couch potatoes to exercise) for doing so. Both sides of the usual Galloway debate give him far too much credit, though.
I believe I mentioned something along the line of it has its place in certain situations. If I didn’t, I should have. However, the best way to improve your running is almost always through running.
Cross-training is erroneously used outside of the contexts of injury recovery or adding more training volume once maximum running mileage has been determined (by actual and honest trial) and reached.
Again, I know this time that I stated we all have to find our personal balance. My message is about not letting people convince you that an inferior way is better than time tested methods. This means using both quantity and quality, whatever those terms may mean for you as an individual, in a balanced approach that has you building your fitness with quantity, followed by building your quality on top. Like a former coach of mine said, running is like building a pyramid. The bigger the base, the higher the peak. Without a base of aerobic conditioning, all the speedwork in the world is only going to produce limited results and will be much more likely to produce injury.
Yes, some of those same people underestimate (or limit) what they actually are capable of because they short-change their aerobic development. I am unaware what “most” here “see as quality and quantity” so I cannot really comment on that statement.
Once again, I mentioned somewhere finding your personal balance. As for injuries, very few people get injured during low-intensity base building. Injuries frequently happen because of too much intensity, not too much base training.
Rest and recovery are absolutely critical, to curtail those would be a mistake. A busy life is a result of personal choices and should not be mentioned as an insurmountable obstacle in the same light as genetics; basically, everyone who has the desire and ability does the best with what one has where one is. As indicated, injuries most often occur when one attempts what one’s body is hardly prepared to handle; cover the prerequisites and the risk for injury not-so-coincidentally is lowered.
As I quoted a guy who knows his running elsewhere, you have to find your “sweet spot”.
Precisely. High mileage and low mileage are both relative terms and mean different things to different people. I have seen this mentioned elsewhere: right mileage should be the focus, the optimal maximum amount that one can handle at any given point in the training cycle. There is a great quote posted over at Kemibe.com that neatly encapsulates the key idea here:
This is exactly my point. People are afraid of trying more because they are told from all angles that they will get burned out or injured. Forget that talk for a while and try doing more. See what happens. There are no guarantees but I would be willing to bet doing a little more would lead to good results more frequently than it would lead to bad results for the typical American runner.
I see those who get wrapped up and obsessed over numbers and then let numbers intimidate them. If 50, 60, 70, or whatever scares a person, then quit counting for a while and just let the running come to you.
And this plays out in both ways. As we gain experience, our bodies should strengthen and be able to handle more training load. This is how the elites get where they are. We miss the years of them building one year on top of the other. On the flip side, at some point in our lives, as we get older, our bodies can not hold up to as much. For some, the additional strength gained by training will offset this. For others, this means you may have to back off some. No book or article in a magazine or on a website will tell you what you have to do, though. Don’t let them scare you into believing that something that may be just right for you is too much.
Adult humans do not change at a rate (provided a lack of major trauma or disease) that would warrant any significant revamping of training on a yearly basis, though status quo is the path to stagnation. As indicated, it is a building process and will take time to accrue and mature.