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Poster: Renato Canova
Subject: RE: Q for Renato Canova, Aerobic House - Gradual or Quick Mileage increase?
You pose interesting question about training. My friend, the philosophy I always follow has been to give my athletes a plan for progress. Sometimes you see, people ask me about what my great athletes do for training. This question is not bad. But better question in my opinion is "how did your athletes make progress to what they train now"? "How many steps did they take to achieve this result where they can handle my training plan". You see, great training programs, they always have progress plan. Many people wish to have advice that makes them better in just few weeks. You want some magic workouts that will make you run faster results in just few weeks. No my friend, training does not work like that.
Training should be general first at the beginnning and then you make progress to more specific runs. Tell me my friend, how can you achieve great result when your aerobic capacity is weak and your endurance is not so good. Your gas tank will be empty very soon during a race. You must run many kilometers that are below lactate tolerance pace before you can try specific runs. I think running economy, yes this is important. You will want to have some hill workouts mixed in for strength purposes my friend.
I believe you can build more kilometers faster my friend if you are experienced distance runner with many years of work. If you are young and new to running then you will need to slowly build your kilometers. To answer your question, yes, it is ok to increase your kilometers very much per week if you have experience and you are not new to running. But if you are child or if your aerobic system is weak, you need to run less kilometers and do them the proper way. I always include two days every week of some rythmeh or what you call strides. 8-10x 100 meter sprints after long runs will help very much.
I must go now. World Cup draw is coming in one hour. I must see if my team will be in Group of Death or will they have easy draw.
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