Base Training for Runners
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BASE TRAINING FOR RUNNERS

If our foundation isn’t on Christ, how will we handle circumstances that can break us?

If your house doesn’t have a strong foundation, what will happen?   RE: (Matthew 7:24-27)

It’s important to have a strong foundation in both the areas above. Running also requires a strong foundation to grow within the sport. You build your running foundation during “base training.” 

Base training can get overlooked since it consists of a lot of easy running, which requires patience. But it is essential for the growth of running.    RE: (Galatians 6:9)

Let’s dive a little deeper into this.

Base Training Purpose: To establish an aerobic fitness foundation, endurance, neuromuscular efficiency, and injury prevention. 

The Goal: To do all easy running; this phase lasts about 6-16 weeks, intending to build the aerobic base. 

Why: This allows the body to adapt to training stress and reduce the risk of injury as well as safely building up mileage. 

Is it just easy running? – There are some essential running workouts to do during the base training phase that can help work the fast-twitch muscles and continue to build your aerobic base without stepping into anaerobic workouts.

*This is a good time to do strength training as well and lift heavier before going into race-specific training. 

Building your endurance is critical for long-distance running and is the main component for setting a strong foundation for your training cycle. 

Whether athletes are beginning their run journey or are intermediate runners, I always prefer to start them at the base training phase. 

Let me know if you have questions!

Happy Base Training!

Running His Race,

Coach Elizabeth 

This article was originally published on Active for Christ’s Coach’s Corner

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