|What type of training sessions will take the longest time to adapt too?|
|Written by Marathon Guru|
|Wednesday, 23 May 2012 04:45|
Many people will argue about which type of training is the hardest to adapt to. Some think that interval workouts are hardest and they would be correct in saying that interval workouts are very difficult, however the body actually absorbs interval workouts faster than any other type of workout. You can get a great amount of benefit from just a few interval workouts which means your body is responding in a dramatic way to this training but that improvement curve only goes on for so long. Really intense interval training can only be tolerated (even in top tier athletes) for a month or so and after that you plateau and start to feel stale and overtrained.
The other session that people always claim is the hardest to adapt to, is the long run. The long run may not seem like a super intense session but it can take months before you start to get comfortable doing a long run. During the first few weeks of a training plan, the long run can seem easy but as you go on and on and add different types of training to the rest of your week, the long run can really start to wear on you. It is exactly this week in and week out, dull, tiresome feeling that the long run gives that really makes it the hardest to adapt to. You never quite come out of it feeling good and you may have days where it went by quickly but it is just as easy to have it drag on forever other days. In this way our body is always adapting to this stimulus and again this adaptation process is not as noticeable as hammering out a few weeks of intervals and seeing immediate results but over a long enough period the long run will lay the base for all your other training to be built upon.