Hey Nick. Good point, I’ll be back on the track in October, I think I’ll be confident enough to try some running again by then, but I don’t want to go back into it too early and risk doing damage to something that’s not recovered yet. In a week today I get the results from my MRI scan and if there’s nothing to worry about it’s time to start running again.
Oh and don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware that I’m FAR stronger than I need to be to run some PB’s or even a world record, but in the mean time while I’m off the track, I’m just bored, and I need something to physically challenge myself. So while there’s nothing else that could take up training resources that I would be comfortable doing at the moment, I’m happy to put everything into this.
As far as my understanding goes, there shouldn’t be any disadvantages associated with being stronger once I’m on the track? The only thing I can think of is if I were doing so much strength training in place of other things, but until I’m happy I can run again, there’s not much I can do about that.
I’ve heard some ridiculous things like lifting heavy will only encourage me to work slower. For example, people see a heavy deadlift and notice it’s not as fast as a power clean. Thoughts? I personally feel that to get the weight moving off the floor takes a very high rate of force development, as the longer you spend trying to get the bar to make the first initial movement the more likely you are to miss the lift.
Having said that, once I’m back on the track I’ll start making rate of force production a priority, I’ve never really gotten into plyometrics before even though I’ve done some 3.40+ SLJ’s, and a standing high jump over my own height. I’m not sure whether this will reflect an already efficient rate of force production, or an opportunity to improve it further seems as I’ve never directly trained for it. Perhaps improvements in single leg bounding might correlate better to faster sprint times than double leg jumps, so I aim to get as good as I can at these next season and see what happens.
One other thing I’ve added is bulgarian split squats. I have high hopes that these will correlate well to athletic performance. I can do 5 on each leg with 200lbs on my back, with my back leg stretched behind me as far as possible. A great glute exercise with the added benefit of stretching out my really tight hip flexors.