The 10-Day Training Week

The 10-Day Training Week

Post by Alan McK » Fri, 14 May 1993 02:34:31


For a long time, I've planned and conducted my training on a "weekly" basis,
not unlike most other runners. However, it began to occur to me last year that
given the wide variety of runs and cross training that I liked to partake in,
(and I'm sure I'm not alone here), that one just couldn't fit everything in
during the course of a 7-day week, especially if you allow for a rest day every
now and then.
When I say "wide variety", this would include: LSD's; intervals on the track;
medium tempo, mid-mileage road runs; serious hill-mountain-trail runs; easy
(but not "rest") days; and, in my case, the "cross training" component is a
day here and there on my mountain bike.

To solve this dillemma, I'm currently tinkering with a 10-day schedule, which
has me taking every 11th day totally "off" from any of the aforementioned
activities. Does anyone out there have any advice or sample training schedules
which use some time scale other than a  7-day week? (btw, like many of you, I
work m-f, 8-5, so schedule must be somewhat compatible with that portion of
my weekly life)

....al

w.a. mckay
desert research institute
reno, nevada

 
 
 

The 10-Day Training Week

Post by Richard Ottoli » Fri, 14 May 1993 04:37:11

Quote:

>For a long time, I've planned and conducted my training on a "weekly" basis,
>not unlike most other runners. However, it began to occur to me last year that
>given the wide variety of runs and cross training that I liked to partake in,
>(and I'm sure I'm not alone here), that one just couldn't fit everything in
>during the course of a 7-day week, especially if you allow for a rest day every
>now and then.

I have a "floating" rest day and find it adds some spice to the workout
schedule.  A rest day gives an extra hour or two of leisure for other
pursuits.  Sometimes it is on a workday; sometimes a weekend.
My rest day cycle is semi-fluid.  If a busy day comes up I'll move it
ahead or behind a day.  As for running effects: I don't notice any.

Down with the tyranny of the week schedule! :-)