You Can Do More: Jeff Floyd 8/14
By Jeff Floyd former Truman High School Head Coach
Take care of yourself.
It is that time of year.
And only 24 hours in a day
If you are like most coaches that I know, your priorities will look something like this…
Any extra minute/ hour you can eek out will be allocated back to one of these three things.
I was the same way.
For most of my career I would grind… putting all of my time and effort into Family, Team, and Staff.
I went from consistently training and being in great shape, to each year spending less and less time doing so… until my personal training became non-existent.
About four years ago I was forced to begin working out when I had a hip replacement and needed to rehab… progressing from walking…. to walking/ jogging… to jogging… normally for about 45 minutes to an hour, 3 or so times a week.
And when the season/school started… maybe on the weekends if at all.
Low intensity + Inconsistent Routine = Not Great Results
My advice… based on my experience… carve out some time to really take care of yourself.
Here is what I learned first hand this summer (yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks)
Instead of a long, slow, plodding jog/ walk… I stared doing interval training. It is not a new concept, just something that I had not done since I was a competitive track athlete… and in great shape.
Basically 4-5 times a week I do one of the following workouts.
45 Second Interval Workout
30 Second Interval Workout
On days that I am not doing one of these interval workouts, I try to go out for a longer, more leisurely walk.
And that is it.
The interval workouts take maybe 40-45 minutes.
Physically and mentally I feel better than I have in 30 years…. at times I feel I could be back on the crushed gravel track at Blue Springs High school (yes… crushed gravel… no synthetic surface) running repeat 200m runs.
My heart rate data confirms my improved physical condition. You can see on this chart that my heart rate recovers quickly during each 2-minute recovery.
Now back to you.
It is a long season…
You get the idea… time spent on YOU will pay off with more quality time with Family, Team, and Staff.
I am not saying you have to do THIS workout, but I can tell you that I feel better, and spend less time doing this routine as opposed to the LSD (long slow distance) type of training I was doing previous.
Good luck this season… I will enjoy following you all during the next several months!
Remember – You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!
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