Hey Coach Johnson, I’m a highschool runner at a high school in Tennessee and I’ve been doing your summer progression for Running Times Magazine the last couple of months. Im heading into 70 miles a week and the Grant Green Routine with the second leg workout next week. Ive taken extremely well to the training, I’ve actually already had a 19 second PR of 16:25 in my 5000m halfway through the summer and I’ll be doing another one tomorrow morning. I just wanted to ask if there’s any sort of extra work I can do during the season of any kind to continue improving after I’ve finished my two weeks of the last stage. Thanks for all the help!
I think you should be careful trying to add much more to what you’re already doing. You know most high schools have a slogan on the back of their t-shirts? If I was coaching a high school team I’d want there to be something about consistency on the back of our shirts because I believe that’s the most important concept that captures good training (which leads to fast running). Consistency is undervalued by most athletes, but it’s so much better to be a bit undertrained and stay healthy (and therefore consistant in your training) than to be overtrained and fatigued (or possibly injured).
I assume when you talk about the leg circuit you’re talking about this progression from Running Times? If not, please let me know what leg circuit you’re talking about.
I love that you’re adding the General Strength and Mobility (GSM) to your training, but please don’t add more of that work than is in the Running Times progression above. Just follow the progression while you continue to run the mileage you and your coach think is appropriate.
Also, the summer isn’t the time for killer workouts to see how fit you are. One time trial is fine – and no doubt a confidence boost to see where you are – but time trialing every few days isn’t a good idea. Be patient and wait for the months of October and November to show off with your best fitness.
Good luck and if you or your coach have any questions please feel free to ask them below.