If you’ve had a decent training programme to follow, you might have noticed that any hard, high-intensity sessions are typically followed by more rest than longer, slower sessions. As the high-intensity threshold, interval and repetition sessions become more frequent in your programme as you get closer to an event, there will generally be fewer miles and fewer sessions in a week. This is because your coach recognises the physiological damage that occurs during more intense training and therefore the requirement for more rest hours between sessions. This rest is super important for promoting big training gains!
So, when you have an aerobic training session to do and you’re feeling strong, remember why it is a silly idea to push too hard. Instead, enjoy floating along comfortably and save your legs for that one harder session coming up later in the week. Nail the hard session – bury yourself physically and mentally! These fluctuations in training intensity and volume are what the body responds best to. Be sure to really accentuate those peaks and troughs in a training week so that you can experience maximal benefit.
The bottom line here is: don’t overcook the longer, slower miles just to end up underdoing the supposedly harder sessions. Stop sabotaging your ability to train hard, just because you like what you see on your Strava on easy days.