This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.
The runners I have coached for some time can probably think of times where I said something like feel free to challenge yourself because next week is a cutback week. I don’t say it often and I’ve been saying it even less often recently (maybe I should increase my frequency again).
One of the runners who I know I’ve told this to sent me this link that does a nice job of explaining the concept behind what I was getting at with the idea of challenging yourself with the cutback week coming up.
I might write more on this later but, for now, I thought this was a good primer on the topic. Consider adding some "push" weeks to your training. Just make sure you are using them sparingly.