Use Similar Workouts in Training

Conventional wisdom says to keep changing your workouts. It says that if you do the same workout week-after-week, your body will adapt and stop improving. In contrast, I believe doing similar workouts allows you to accurately compare workouts from one week to the next, and from one year to the next. It gives you a way to check-in and see how you are improving. You don’t have to run the same workout for every week, but by frequently repeating the same workout, you can see how your training is improving and make the necessary adjustments.

For example, over the past 2 weeks, I’ve used an 8 mile time trial to see how much I’ve been improving. I was able to improve my pace by 11 seconds from one week to the next.

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2 thoughts on “Use Similar Workouts in Training”

  1. As an analytical runner (and a little ocd) I find comfort in routine and like being able to track progress as you suggest. If I may offer an additional thought…

    If you run at your target race pace, your body will adapt and get better at it. It seems obvious, but if you spend most of your time on long slow distances, you will get great at going slow! I got caught in this trap while training for my first marathon. When I wanted to pick up the pace my body didn’t know how to do so. I’d trained so much at slow speeds that it was locked in.

    Consistent, fast training will allow for monitoring of progress as well as teaching your body that you can and will run fast!

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