Do you like the intensity of HIIT workouts?
I’ve written articles on Intensity before, but this one is to address intensity for intensity’s sake.
Intensity is where the results are so it’s definitely a good thing. You can’t reach goals without pushing your limits.
However, I’m seeing so many gyms and routines focused on intensity lately and often it’s just for intensity sake. Everything is made harder just so it’s harder.
It’s intensity for intensity’s sake and this is how we run into problems. Problems like injuries.
If you’ve gotten an injury from your workout, you’re doing it wrong. You’ve pushed well beyond your capacity and your body couldn’t handle it.
When the only goal is finishing your workout in a pool of your own sweat on the floor, this isn’t a good thing. If the idea is to “crush anybody that tries this” then the workout doesn’t have any other goal. It’s not specific to any person.
Smart intensity knows your limits and pushes on that. It makes it hard for YOU.
Stop focusing on intensity for intensity’s sake. This usually means pushing well past our limits and this type of training often ends with injury.
If you’re going to push, you need to know why you’re pushing and how far to push. You need to know how that pushing will benefit you, not harm you.
Road Racing is addictive – I get it, there is a reason why road races around the country made over $100,000,000 in total revenue last year.
We love racing but sometimes that comes without the proper buildup; maybe your friend talked you into it or you chose to run two marathons back to back… chances are you are not 100% prepared to run your best.
I’ve made that mistake at times – we used to think that the best way to train was to race yourself into shape but now we know that you have a finite number of hard efforts in a training cycle, be it mentally or physically… something has to give.
Success in road racing is about patience.
Sometimes racing too much can be detrimental to your confidence if you aren’t ready to roll – but racing can also be a good benchmark for your current training. Racing is a two way street and as a runner you must have perspective and you must have patience – there is a lot of experience that goes into knowing if it is a good time to race. That is where a good coach can be invaluable – knowing when you need a race to test fitness and knowing when it will kill your confidence or wear you down.
I tackled this very issue in one of my A Day In The Life videos:
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The worst thing you can do for yourself is be comfortable…
Ok ok hear me out for a second!
The best work is done when you venture out of your comfort zone. I feel it too – I suffer from that fear of getting uncomfortable.
“We’re involved in racing because there’s that element of competition. But there’s that desire to push yourself beyond the natural comfort zone and the boundaries that are preset if you like, and to be better than the rest.” – Allan Mcnish
Then you’re struck with negative self talk, “what if I try and fail, what if everyone laughs at me, what if I have nothing to offer”.
Instead of fighting against that negative self talk, it’s so much easier to sit back and stay comfortable with where you are.
Think of this in a running context, Continue reading “Step out of your Comfort Zone and run a PR”