(This is a follow up article to Getting to the Gold Coast Marathon injury-free – Part 1)
Running too many sessions at high intensity is a common mistake. My blog, 80/20 rule of running, outlines the benefits of completing the majority of training at a comfortable pace and the remainder at high intensity as it improves performance and maximises potential. I stated:
“Runners are generally unaware they are running too hard at their habitual pace. Most runners think they are running at low intensity when in fact they are running at moderate intensity.”
One reason runners don’t realise they’re running too fast is because training at moderate intensity does not result in immediate consequences such as a sudden decline in performance. Rather, lots of moderate intensity running stalls a runner’s performance and reduces their rate of improvement. As a result, most runners are unaware their easy runs are now of a moderate intensity and this mistake limits their potential.
By contrast, doing too many runs at a high intensity typically results in sudden consequences. These consequences include injuries such as a stress fracture or tendon injury. Aside from the psychological effects of an injury (frustration, fear or anxiety), the major impact is time lost in training, which results in reduced race day fitness and hampered performance.
Knowing there are serious consequences for running running too hard too often, why do runners still do it?
Five reasons runners train too hard, too often