NOTE: I don’t believe in a ‘foundational phase’. That is old-school and bunk. Not the best way to approach building the runner…
Yes, we, at Purple Patch Fitness, do lower stress running, but we don’t do classic ALL LOW stress easy endurance running.
In truth, the key component of early season training has more than one role. We think of the ‘post season’ as the block of training that represents the very start of training for the following season. Typically, this is following the last race of the previous season, as well as a two to three week break from all structure of training. In this ‘post season’ phase there are several key focus points:
It should be noted that any any general fitness gains experience here will be gradual and a nice byproduct. The real endurance, resilience and fitness arrives out of the next block of real endurance focused training following the post season phase.
See Matt’s article “The Secrets to a Successful Training Program” for more information on the other phase of a training program.