Every elite coach has a training philosophy. Brad Hudson's is called adaptive running. It is based on his belief that a responsive and creative approach is better than an approach that is too structured and formulaic.
In chapter 6 of his new book Run Faster: From The 5K To The Marathon coach Hudson reveals his six secrets of adaptive running:
- consistent moderately high running volume (balancing quality and quantity)
- nonlinear periodization (all the training types are mixed together throughout the training cycle, except when sharpening)
- progression from general to specific training (race-specific fitness requires race-specific training, but it's crucial to have a very high level of non-race-specific fitness first)
- three-period training cycles (introductory, fundamental and sharpening)
- lots of hill running (including 8-12 second steep hill sprints)
- extreme intensity and workload modulation (two hard workouts and one long run per week).
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