One or Two Mile Runs During In-Season Good or Bad?

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I feel that running one or two miles every day is going to do more harm than good in a case where you are simply wanting to maintain an aerobic base. Most experts will agree running a mile or two will help maintain an aerobic base but it will also help develop slow twitch muscle fibers as well and during the season this is not what you want at all. If you were running the two miles to help keep some weight off or to help you recover from an injury than my answer might be a little different but in this case I would not recommend running 1-2 miles every day.
 
Keep in mind that the aerobic base we are speaking of is needed more in the off season than it is really needed during the season.
 
Post Season Training ( 4-6 weeks following the end of the season the energy system we want to work is the aerobic base) So during this time we usually train 3 aerobic days for every 1 an-aerobic day.
 
Off -Season Training is the next phase and starts 4-6 weeks following the end of the season. At this time we start to switch our thinking of aerobic energy to an-aerobic energy. So around this time we will work a 1-1 ratio or maybe even 2-1 ratio with 2 an-aerobic days for every 1 aerobic day.
 
Pre-Season Training starts about 8-10 weeks after the end of the last season so we now move to work more on the an-aerobic system and work an-aerobic 3-4 times for every 1 aerobic workout. This is designed this way to help you develop your fast twitch muscle fibers and ofcourse to help you recover faster between shifts.
 
So with this in mind it would only stand to reason that during the season you will want to continue to develop the an-aerobic system while maintaining as many fast twitch fibers as possible.
 
Bottom line here is I think you are over doing it with the aerobic training during the season. If you feel you need to run a mile or two then cut it back to maybe once or twice a week and I would focus 0n an-aerobic training to help you recover faster between shifts and to help maintain fast twitch muscle fibers.

Submitted by DMorgan on Tue, 12/12/2006 - 10:11pm.

 

Dave,

What do you think about overweight LM who are 40+ pds overweight, 2-3 mile jog or walk jog necessary to build up a base for speed and other more intensive training.

 Pete



Submitted by Revere Football on Tue, 04/24/2007 - 1:16pm.

 

Comment: Overweight LM
Pete you would be better off doing an anaerobic circuit using Escalating Density training. See the workout for the 300 video on my site. Anaerobic work burns more calories/longer metabolic post cal. burn and carries over to aerobic. This way you work on speed and lose weight. It is also called Metabolic Training!
If it just is to lose weight-no problem but why waste energy get S/A combined with calorie burn.
Thanks for the question feel free to ask more.
Yours in Training, Morgan


Submitted by DMorgan on Tue, 04/24/2007 - 2:38pm.

 

Still have coaches who cling on the 1 - 2 mile jog to build up conditioning for football after a weight session can you direct a site or reading explaining the benefits of metabolic circuit training over long distance running for a sport like football.

 

Pete



Submitted by Revere Football on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 5:19pm.