very little mileage. Probs 30-35 miles. I remember doing 5x1mi intervals in the fall 1 time in 4 yrs. 2mi w/u b4 and 1 mi after practices. 200 and 400 interval days w 2x600 and 4x200s the other day. To this day I am shocked how little we actually trained compared to what is going on now. Some of these workouts today look like what I did in a whole week. Off season a few morning runs and a long easy run on Sundays. Sure that i could have done much better if i had any coaching, but no regrets. Spent the summer mowing lawns. The furthest I ran in high school was 2 miles. Once. No internet back then so I never realized that we weren't really doing enough or even the right stuff. Had 4 mediocre college coaches in 4 yrs. Was blessed w/high 46 qrt speed so I guess it made up for poor coaching.
I’ll throw out another update.
I was running 50mpw or so and getting in decent workouts for most of the fall. Got sick (not covid) mid October and took a few days off. Also crashed my bike in the same week and sprained my wrist lol. I decided to just take the next month or so really easy so I could focus all my mental energy on coaching.
State meet was this last weekend so I’ve got plenty of time now to focus on myself. Managed 45 miles last week and will hopefully be near 50 this week.
The general plan is to just build mileage and do a steady/moderate run 2-3 times a week. It’s looking unlikely that there will be indoor races for unattached athletes to participate in in the area, and maybe not even outdoor, so I’m just going to try to stick with the basics and see what I can build up to. Might end up targeting a spring road race or two just to have something. But either way I still plan on being fit, even if it isn’t quite for a 1:50 800m. My endurance needs work anyways.
Try water running. 3 times a week, 15 minutes will do the trick, and OP can still lift.
If injuries return after healed from the water training, structural problems rather than bad luck.
Quick TAR bump.
Been focusing on coaching and life but i've been getting some running in. Probably in decent shape for a 5k at the moment, and in poor shape for a 400/800, but we'll get back there. Been doing many of my runs on the treadmill because of the dark/poor weather. Working mostly on the aerobic side of things, but I did hire a lifting coach so i've been lifting 2-3 times a week for a few weeks now as well. I'll post more complete training later but I wanted to bump the thread since its been a while