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RE: 2 kinds of runners. Which are you?
You will need to wait a bit longer for my answer to your question about the young punk who wants some training. First I want to continue explaining some of my basic training concepts.
In the past there has been too much misunderstanding about the different use of training terminology; I want to be sure you understand what I mean when I use some technical expressions.
Training. Time and Space Matters
I see every training program as an organised schedule of different stimulae, the main goal of which is to get the runner into optimal shape for the target event.
Each individual stimulus is made up of a precise management of time and space – the running pace. Each training stimulus can be considered from that viewpoint.
1/ Specific training; directly linked to the target event.
2/ General training; not directly linked to the target event, but important nonetheless.
Some more basic concepts can be linked to the target race pace. To create a specific stimulus linked to target race pace, there are 3 fundamental paces;
1/ To run faster than race pace for a shorter period/ distance than race distance.
2/ To run at race pace.
3/ To run slower than race pace, for a longer period/ distance than race distance.
Three other “artificial” concepts can also be abstracted from the target event;
1/ Speed: To run a short distance in a maximal effort, quite close to individual maximum effort.
2/ Resistance: To run at an intensity very close to that of race pace, or at a pace very close to race pace.
3/ Endurance or Persistence: To run longer than race distance at a pace that is clearly slower and less intense than race pace.
Two other ideas are also connected to the time and space concept;
1/ Intensive: It means to run faster, and consequently the need to train over short distances or in short time durations and come close to your fastest paces.
2/ Extensive: It means to run longer than race duration / distance, which means running slower than race pace so as to last the whole distance or duration of the session.
Among all these “artificial concepts of discrimination” there is a specific training pace we also need to define that is called “strength endurance”. This is a pace with an intensity that is in direct connection and similar to the target event. It is a compromise of speed, resistance and endurance (each already defined above) in an intensity that is very close to race pace.
All this is basic stuff, but it can be made complex when someone discovers the “wheel” of training; intermittent running.
Therefore "Time and Space Matters" – the way I view training methodology – that’s basically a way to manage all training stimulae in agreement with a specific target event. If you want to reduce it to the minimal, or the essence of training, it can be seen as the proper management of “pace intensities” for the target event.
All running training – like most physical activities – benefits from synthesising all previous training experience and all previous training methods into a training methodology that works for you. Each successful training method has its own collective foundation based on universal logic, i.e. science, or any other method of knowledge acquisition, such as past experience or trial and error.
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