Originally posted on: December 14, 2014
Coach Bennie is a tough - old school, no-nonsense coach, who doesn't believe in rest, running easy or any of the other modern-day approaches to running.
Coach Bennie looking up towards Steven's Hill - Hill work time
Coach Bennie's coaching philosophy in a nutshell:
- You gotta run as much as you can, as fast as you can, as much as you can.
- Rest Days - those are for wimps - get your ass out there and run
- Go easy - yeah get warmed up and then balls to the walls - then repeat until you can't
- If a vehicle passes you - pick up the pace to see if you can catch it. Do this for every single-one.
- Weight training - pull or drag something behind you - no fancy gear here
- Breathing - its over-rated, just frigging run
- Long Runs - it is run until you drop, then walk a little, then run like hell again, but nothing more than 6-13 miles a day total, multiple runs a day are fine.
- Don't worry about the GPS or time - just run fast, slow down, then run fast again, until you are tired - look at what you did after your nap
- Plan - what plan you run until I get tired, have to pee or poop then we start in again, until we get home. Then we do that every single day.
Nasty Weather - Just freaking go run, it ain't a big deal. Besides if I can run naked out there in winter, you sure as hell can put all those extra skins on, that you need to be outside. If you fall on your ass, I will bark at you and tell you to get up and get it moving again.
Rest - when we get home eat something, then I can cuddle up in your lap and we can take a nap, eat a little more, take another nap and go for a walk.
Stop worrying so much about distance or time.
Always remember - life is good or as good as you make it.
Pretty simple right?
This has been my training plan for a few months now - Coach Bennie style.
I have a feeling that might not be the training schedule that most modern coaches would recommend, have any sane runner do and most would ask what in the hell I am doing, but Coach Bennie swears by it.
He tells me that all these modern methods and crap is just that - crap and I should just worry about running like he does. He says that we are over thinking something that we should just be doing.
The thing is, I can't really argue with Coach Bennie, since we really started working together at the end of July, it seems like I have run more and with less injuries than I have for a long time.
Who knows maybe Coach Bennie's training methods aren't so odd after all and maybe he is on to something. Then again this modified high intensity training program, will probably catch up with me at some point, but until then I will keep following his coaching methods and see where it leads me.
Hey guy - I am really trying to get my rest before our next run - don't bother me
I just wish that I could take as many naps as he does and not get TheWife on my case about all those Honey-Doo's that are left around for me to work on. Ahhhhhh Coach Bennie I am jealous of your lifestyle - no wonder you are so damn fast.
Sometimes, I wonder how much we over-think our running and what would happen if we just ran, had fun with our running and didn't worry so much about how far, how fast or how much. This was originally meant as a sarcastic/funny look at how my running over the last few months, since I started running with Bennie, but the more I wrote, the more I got to thinking about how well my running has been, since I began running so much with him.
Makes me wonder - yes it does.