OLD SCHOOL v. NEW SCHOOL

     The old saying goes that if you put three running coaches in a room, they’ll come out with three training theories.  I’ll add that the chances of any two coaches agreeing completely on any one traning plan are pretty slim.  Still, it’s clear that over time, ideas change, and consensus builds around new ideas. 
     Today I’m beginning a new series for this blog: Old School v. New School.  In this series I’ll point out the old conventional thinking on a running-related subject, and then explain the current theories (many of which are explained in my book Smart Marathon Training). 
     Here goes:

OLD SCHOOL: Drink at every aid station during a race.  The idea is that if you wait until you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
NEW SCHOOL: Drink only when you’re thirsty.  The current thinking is that you should trust your body to tell you how much water it needs.  If you’re thirsty, then drink, but if you’re not thirsty, don’t force it.  Perhaps more importnatly, the risk of associated with being over-hydrating are considered higher than the risks that come from being dehydrated, so if in doubt, don’t force the water.
TAKE-AWAY: During the race, treat each water station like a Starbucks store; you might like to get a cup of coffee, but you wouldn’t stop in at every store you see, right? 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Give me silence, water, hope
Give me struggle, iron, volcanoes.
                                                Pablo Neruda, poet

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About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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