Thank you to @a.runners.diary of Instagram for requesting this blog post. I am currently at university, and I am enjoying training for distance running and cross country. Below is a rough insight into a week’s training.
Monday usually consists of a circuits session. it is usually 2 hours long, starting with 30 minutes of dynamic stretching, then we do a circuit or two of a large gym with 20-25 stations of exercises to work different muscles.
Tuesday I do a speed session for running. I go to the track and start by running ~2km nearby as a warm up before doing 20 minutes of 100 metre drills, then into a main set of reps on the track. For example this week we did 600m, 300m recovery jog, then 4x 300m with 100m recovery jog. Cool down.
Wednesday I go to the gym and do an indoor run on the treadmill of around 10-15km depending on what week it is and what races are coming up. All at an easy pace.
Thursday I do my hills session. Warm up in 10 minutes jog down to the hill, then attempt the hill in 60 seconds, and wherever I am at that point, I turn round and jog back to the bottom as an active recovery before going straight back into it. Repeat this 6-7 times before jogging back to the start point as a cool down .
Friday is for resting and refuelling!
Saturday I sometimes have a race, if not its a grass session, practicing good running form and consistent splits around a set of fields near home.
Sunday I may have a race, if not I do some cross training, like swimming, a long walk, or a bike ride.
I hope this post is interesting! Please get in touch with any other posts you’d like to see up on the blog soon.