26 Apr '12, 4pm

The Base Phase: Starting a Training Cycle on the Right Path

The Base Phase: Starting a Training Cycle on the Right Path

In my mind, another big benefit of have a dedicated “base phase” for any training cycle (for all distances, not just for longer races) is that it builds variety into your plan. There are a couple of reasons why variety helps. First, it will lead to fitness gains simply through the act of planned variability . Our bodies naturally adapt and become more efficient at anything we do with repetition. So, if we always follow the same weekly plan without variability, over time our bodies will complete that weekly plan with increased efficiency…or said differently, with less training stress. Training stress is what leads to training improvement. Second, the variability is a natural preventative for overuse injuries . If we don’t take breaks from the track (or wherever you run your intervals and other speedy workouts), we’re just asking for a repetitive use injury like ITBS, runner...

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