“I feel the need, the need for speed!” — Maverick & Goose [Top Gun]
I mentioned a while back that I wanted to write my next running book about how to attain the next level. I want to answer the question: “When you have reached a plateau, how do you break through to faster personal records?” I have done a lot of reading and a lot of experimenting over the last year. Not everything has worked out… BUT, I think I have finally found a combination of research-based techniques that will do it. This combination will bring runners to the next level!
Is this a magical elixir?
It is certainly not magical and it is not a quick-fix. It requires hard work and a precise combination of specialized training. In other words, you can’t just go run whatever you want. You also can’t skip days or change workouts based on how you feel.
What kind of workouts will it include?
My “Next Level” training for breaking plateaus is a combination of 4 types of workouts. Each of the four workouts have a very specific set of purposes. Each of the four workouts have been proven to be effective for those purposes. What is truly new about my program is the combination of the workouts. In his book Running Science, Dr. Owen Anderson identifies 7 variables that impact running performance:
- Maximal aerobic capacity (VO2 Max or VDOT)
- Running Economy
- Minimum velocity for maximal aerobic capacity (vVo2 Max or vVDOT)
- Velocity at lactate threshold
- Maximal running speed
- Resistance to fatigue
- Running-specific strength
Of course the variables overlap, with each one affecting several if not all of the other factors. Still, any balanced approach to enhancing your performance in running must account for all seven. If you design separate workouts for each variable, you would not have enough time or energy to get them all done and see the changes you are seeking. Hence, the real trick is in finding specific workouts that lead to significant positive changes in several of these variables. For the purposes of the Next Level training system, we will call these types of workouts “Super-Workouts” because they do super things for several of the variables. Like superfoods, superworkouts are powerful. The right combination will make you much more fit and help you break through to the next level.
Before I publish that next book and share the specifics of this new system of training, I need to assemble a group of 20 runners who want to try out my Next-Level Training System. Interested runners would hire me as their coach for the next few months, following the fee structure outline on my coaching page. We would start by discussing the specifics about your current level of training and performance. I would then tailor the Next Level Training System to your specific needs in terms of your paces, goals, and lifestyle. Then we would closely track your progress and tweak the program as needed. Runners that stick to the program will then be featured in the book about the Next Level Training System.
Eligibility: Are you ready to go to the next level?
Runners at all levels are welcome to participate as long as you are willing to stick with the program for at least 8 weeks. 16 weeks is preferred but not required.
Reply Now by emailing me your request to participate. I will take the first 20 runners regardless of current performance level. Send me a message as soon as possible to make sure you are included.
“Train smart, eat well, & enjoy the run!” — P. Mark Taylor