Went to a PT's personal seminar on barefoot running...most of the info I heard before and agreed with- (it's nice to feel confirmation about some of the same info I already use). The biggest training tip for general running besides posture (chi running style) which incorporates foot strike and cadence- he listed the general don't increase mileage more than 10% per week AND (this was the new to me part) your LSD run should not be more than 40% of your weekly mileage. ALL the reading I do of articles and posts on sites like here and over 2 years I had not come across that yet. PLUS the couple of different training programs I have used do not follow that standard. Just looking for more support/info...is this really obvious and I somehow missed it or is it not that common of a recommendation? Any feedback, comments, etc are greatly appreciated.
I've read this as well in a few places. I'm not sure what it's based on. It's likely the PT you went to see was just repeating what he'd heard. I suppose the theory is that any more than that distance may strain you and result in injury. I've never paid it much mind and I run long based on my previous longs. Not to mention- how I feel, the weather, what, if anything, I'm training for, how much time I have, ease of the course, etc.
If the mileage in this theory is calculated as follows, then, yes, I do loosely adhere to the advice: during the week, run a total of 30 miles; on the weekend, do a long run of 30 miles. Thus, running a long of 30 would be 50% of a total weekly mileage of 60 (30+30). OTOH, if one is supposed to do a long run of 50% of only the weekly 30, this would be just 15 miles. Big difference!
Education 5k ..........................................................:.25:39
Mayapple trail 21 mi .................................................4:10
I agree with Ron, that there are lots of variables in the very broad generalization. Running as much as he does, one would do fine to trust one's gut. If you're a newbie or even just reltively new as a runner and racer, especially as a BF style runner, you would do very well to be more conservative rather than less. n Folks with a solid aerobic base and well seasoned bodies, can pop off a race that breaks the rules without damage. e.g. Barefoot Ted trains at 25 to 30 miles a week, and runs ultras now and then and has fun doing them. I'd do myself permanent injury if I tried such a thing.
Barefoot / Minimalist Runner
...not maintaining this these days..
07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race
07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)
04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )
03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)
02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20
11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40
10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)
Started running (again) May 5, 2010