Training

5 Phases of Endurance Training

As we start our various training programmes we thought it might be useful to post about the basic structure we all use.  Whilst we are all at differing levels of age and abilities, the basic structure and the importance of training cycles and the phases of endurance training apply to all of us. Unless you’re working one-on-one with a personal coach or have been training for endurance-based events for a long time, chances are that you may not be too familiar with the periodization – or progressive cycling of training – that is critical to help us peak at the right times and avoid injury. Even endurance Athletes who do understand the basic phases of endurance training may not be paying close attention to how it dictates their weekly workouts.  And so without getting too boring or t...

HOW TO RUN 60+ MILES

How to run an elite endurance distance, 60+ miles. I do not consider myself to be an elite endurance athlete in the fact that I enter competitions for places and achieving personal best times. I instead use my long endurance runs for more personal mental and physical resilience training when preparing for my long hard winter expeditions. There is nothing like being out in the wilderness for days, pushing yourself hard and focusing for hour after hour on the task at hand. In the end, you get quite good at learning how to switch off, how to push “just a little bit further” and do those extra 20 miles on an empty tank and where your personal limits really are. My single longest run to date without any sleep or proper respite is 176 miles in a 48-hour period. I have also run the wh...