It’s a slow news week, I’m suffering from writer’s block with the Squirrel Wipe project, and I’m sick of discussing Susan G. Komen. What am I to do? Disagree with Christian!
In his latest blog post, The Maple Grove barefoot Guy discussed the need to run often. His conclusion- we run too much.
As evidence, he points to the latest Lieberman study and something like 75% of the participants getting injured as evidence. The problem- the study was conducted on a college cross country team. They’re notorious for overtraining.
I’d like to amend Christian’s opinion. We don’t always train enough.
Over the last few years, people have been searching for any way to cut corners to run as little as possible. It’s entirely possible to finish races of any distance on minimal training. Hell, it’s more or less my philosophy.
But there’s a definite correlation between mileage and performance. Can anyone name a single elite that does well using low mileage? I didn’t think so.
It’s sort of like those silly kids trying to pimp out their Hyundai. They can tweak anything and everything, but the car still can’t outperform a stock Mustang. There’s no replacement for displacement.
Same deal with training mileage. If you want to do well, you have to put in the mileage. The issue is pretty simple- too many people try to run high mileage before they can handle it. This graph illustrates the point:
Of course, his point about adding variety to your training routine is spot-on… but burpees can’t get you to the finish line of a 100 miler.
And that old dude versus sprinter pic? Well, we can play that game all day.