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|Subject: ||RE: Bored X coach, willing to give unwanted advice|
I spoke with a 16:40 college girl today who always has the same issue as you outdoors.
You both seem to have the same issue, too much speed, not enough miles to handle that speed, and not enough tempos. In cross you both get tempos and miles in, and workouts are around 20% of your week. Sounds like workouts are now 30% or more of your week. That is asking to get injured if you are more then an 800m runner.
Get your mileage up. 5 weeks is plenty of time.
Everyone thinks it's the miles that kill, but miles can help you with recovery.
Help me X. Coach wrote:
Hi X. coach, I seem to encounter the same problem every year. The problem consists of me breaking down in the middle of the season while I am doing intervals and speed(Track season because my college usually does exclusively tempos during cross) my legs get really tired and then shin splints start and eventually my form goes to shit until I take some time off or a really low mileage week.. My opening meet was last week and I ran pretty quick in the opener(PR in the 1500), but I want to PR by 7 seconds and hit a 3:55 1500 by the end of the season which ends in 5 weeks.. I am wondering if there are some recovery methods that I don't know about.. My mileage background is 65-70 mpw during cross and i'm a 26:00 8k guy, so I know I can handle the mileage, however during track I am forced to lower it to 35-45 mpw or else I get injured... I ice regularly, take ibuprofen when really sore, take 65mg of iron and 500mg of vit. C daily and stretch a lot at home.. Please give me some pointers on what I could improve on recovery-wise so I stop feeling so shitty in the middle of the season and actually get quality work in instead of just trying to finish the workouts.. BTW I really appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to answer questions and give advice, I've read the entire thread and all of your advice makes sense..
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