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How They Train!

Matt McCurdy - November 2017


Did you compete in high school cross country or track?

Did you compete in college cross country or track?

How many years have you been running?

Lifetime personal records

What running events do you train for or what are your training goals?

Consider your training over the past 6 months to one year.  How many miles a week do you typically run when not injured and consistently running?

What does your typical week of running look like?

My cross training is “cross training” in a very loose sense of the word. It’s usually just an activity to get me moving, whether it’s biking, volleyball, or walking to class because parking on FSU’s campus is terrible most days.

For my easy days, I try to run on trails because it puts less impact on my body. These runs break up the monotony of the track and paths where I run workouts! I don’t push the pace on these runs and run however my body feels.

For my workouts, if I’m not hitting my times or feel terrible, I will usually call it a day, run easy, and try the workout the following day. Most people try to push through bad workouts. However, I think it’s more beneficial to push the workout back a day to get in a good effort and gain confidence in my fitness than to run a bad workout. Pushing workouts back results in one less workout a week most of the time, but this isn’t the be all and end all in the long run of training.

How does your training vary over the course of a year?

Do you take recovery or down time?

Do you peak for certain races?

How much sleep do you usually get at night?

What time of day do you normally run?

What injuries have hampered your training over the past year? 

Do you take any dietary or medical supplements?

What type of running shoes do you prefer?

Do you race in a different type of running shoe?

Do you use weight training?

Do you stretch? 

What are your favorite running routes?

What running resources do you like that would benefit someone else?

How has your training changed over the years?

What examples can you give of specific training methods, and what were the results?

What advice do you have for beginning or experienced runners to help them with their training?