A question I often get…
Hollie, how do you run so much without being injured?
Well if you follow my blog regularly…you know I do get injured. I have had one stress fracture, a ripped knee tendon, a cyst (not relating to running though). The fact of the matter is, I am not always healthy as no runner is and I don’t recommend taking my advice solely. Really I hate when people ask me for advice because I can’t tell you what has worked for me will work for you…
Here is my (very strict) training plan to run fast:
I really just enjoy this photo and it has absolutely no relevance…minus it’s a cat..running..
First post cyst injury, I haven’t really done any speed workouts that don’t consist of racing. My speed workouts are racing. I don’t go to the track. I’ll do tempo runs at 7-7:20 pace and call that my speed…even though I race at below a 7 minute pace most of the time. Heck, I haven’t even worn my racing flats during said tempo runs. So yeah…speed workouts haven’t happened and I don’t really mind that.
Stretching…doesn’t happen a lot…though I wish I could tell you I was more consistent.
Being a member of planet fitness, I do use their hydrotherapy massage normally after I run on the treadmill. Oh yeah, I don’t really mind the treadmill. I don’t push the pace on the treadmill at all…It obviously isn’t hard to make yourself run faster on the treadmill. You press a button. When you feel like crap running outside, do you press a button to make yourself run faster than you should be? Well maybe you do…but I don’t.
So with that I normally don’t really push the pace on the treadmill. I’d rather be injury free than run 10 seconds per mile faster…who cares.
I also eat a lot. I’m not going to really go into a big discussion about this…but if you don’t eat enough you will get injured. You cannot be good at running and worry about how look in the mirror and if your thighs touch. When you train high mileage…you must eat and yeah I just went there.
I also don’t really know how far or pace that I’ll run until I actually start running. I don’t follow a plan and I don’t write exactly what I’ll do until it happens. Every week I say, eh hopefully the week will be similar to last week. That would be good and that’s that. Do I schedule 10 miles run daily…no…they just generally happen.
So in short.
I don’t stretch. I don’t do speed workouts (right now…I plan to when I start training for 5ks…maybe…)
I get hydrotherapy massages a lot from the gym. (read: I run on the treadmill a couple of times weekly)
I follow a no plan stan. Scheduling an exact: I will run 10.34859590 mile run on Tuesday and 11.23445 mile run Wednesday…well that isn’t my thing.
I like to eat. I eat pretty healthy but I eat a lot.
Questions for you: What is your workout plan like?