So Who decided on 7 days? The 10 Day Training Cycle
Well it could be argued that the man/women (deity of choice) upstairs had something to do with it. The majority of us work on 7 day training cycles. It normally fits into to people’s lives easier, but is it optimal? I’ve been struggling the past few weeks to fit my running into 7 days around life and also fit in some swimming and some other non running activities. I have some things I want to do over the summer as well as the normal just have some fun running with the ‘Official Traildog’ I have a self supported personally planned ultra in June (Run2swim2016 details to follow) and I have the first locally organised Marathon in July. On top of that I just want to run well and improve. As I always tell people consistency is the key but if you have problems keeping consistent you need to look at what’s causing those failures. For me its trying to shoe horn specific training plus some fun runs and swimming into 7 days without feeling totally wiped out. As soon as life gets in the way I need to swap move a session I run into problems so I lose something. A lot of times it’s the swim that goes which is really annoying.
So I remembered reading somewhere about 10 day training cycles so a quick search and I found this interesting article.
It’s very interesting reading that along with this article from Runner’s World has inspired me to give it a try. So I’ve been playing around and think I’ve got my first 10 days planned. There will be 3 Long run’s in the period (a LR for me is over 90 minutes) and one of those will be my Longest which I will push the distance over the weeks/months. Also I will fit in 3 swims, 3 hard sessions (Intervals/Pace etc) and the rest will be easy runs. I have some double up day’s so on some swim days I’ll also be running so that I can fit in 2 rest days. This for obvious reasons is a work in progress I’m expecting my monthly kilometreage (I will get that word in common usage) to remain similar but hoping spreading the sessions in 10 day blocks rather than 7 will enable more adaptation if needed and consistency. It will hopefully give more time for recovery from hard sessions. Also rather than concentrating on distance all sessions except for the longest run will be time based. That will mean if I do trail instead of road the distance wont matter.
Anyway I will report back and let you know how it goes. I’m really interested how this will work out. Has anyone else tried a non standard training cycle? How did that work for you?