Revisiting The 7-Day Training Week

For some people, switching to a 10-day training week works better than the standard 7-day plan. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

How You Can Adopt A Longer Training Cycle

I often get a lot of push back when I suggest athletes might benefit from a 10-day training schedule. Work and family commitments can often seem like an insurmountable barrier; however, with a little planning and flexibility you can actually incorporate a longer training cycle with relative ease.

Planning Ahead
The most important aspect of adopting a longer training cycle is to plan out your calendar in advance so you can schedule your longest workouts or long runs on the weekend and then build in extra time you might need during the weekdays for any harder runs. Once you have a solid schedule in place, it’s much easier to stick to it and make it work around your life.

Since you shouldn’t be running a truly long run every weekend, you can easily schedule your important long runs every two weeks so they fall on a weekend. Likewise, if you know you have to drive the kids to school on a Wednesday, you can avoid scheduling your workouts on that day or simply plan ahead to wake up extra early.

Sure, a longer training cycle might require more advance planning and be a little unorthodox at first, but adopting this method could be the change you need to finally stay healthy or bust through a plateau.

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