Some runners who blog never give details of their training at all - I have always disliked the "keep your training secret" approach as I have benefited so much from the "freely you have received, freely give" approach. Others will give details of key runs and key principles, but not all the minutiae of details - this is great but I often find it frustrating as the details are often the crucial part. Others will tell us every they have done in training routinely - that is a huge blessing to me and if you don't want those kind of details, you can skim over those posts or ignore them altogether.
As you can tell, I lean to the "more detail" approach of blogging one's training, but for me personally there needs to be a couple of caveats:
- I have not posted up my training details fully before for several reasons, one of which is that I really am nothing special in the running world. Please do not take me now doing so as any delusion of grandeur! It's just that I am unusual in my approach (higher mileage) and am now doing ultras; I myself have scoured the web looking for all the information that would help me cover a ridiculous 100 miles as quickly as possible. I will approach it my way and I am aiming to be fairly competitive - I'm not looking to simply complete a challenge in the middle of the pack. So any reader can, like me, look back at what I have done in training, how I have performed in races and learn what they can from it. Even if it is a case of learning not to do this or that, it has been a productive exercise.
- I do not ever want the pressure of getting my training up on a weekly or bi-weekly basis routinely. My life is not conducive to that right now (for many reasons).
|I would love to be able to see Ryan Hall's training log for the 12 months leading up to this race!|
If you read it and if it is helpful, do let me know, either in the comments below, on Facebook or privately. If nobody says they want to see it I may not bother. But, like I said, I love reading this kind of stuff from others, and there must be others like me out there.
So, 16 days into 2013, I better get on with the first update...