I am 29 and getting back into running to be able to compete in open track meets here in Florida.
I was a competitive sprinter in HS in Virginia and a district, regional and state qualifier running in almost every event 400m and under. Most meets I did the LJ, TJ, 110H, 300IM and different combinations of the 200, 400, 4×200 or 4×400.
In hs I relied mostly on natural speed. I never lifted weights, trained hard but did not really take things seriously and was never a student of the game. I had too many other things going on with school, girlfriend, etc. Also because my coaches used me as the “utility man” of the team with so many different events I was never focused.
I didn’t run in college but was offered a walk on position at Virginia Tech.
Fast forward to today 11 years later (after hs) and I am working on getting back into shape to see if I can still compete somewhat at the open level where there are a lot of opportunities here in Florida.
I began over a year ago in the weight room which was new for me. I have made serious gains in strength and dropped a lot of body fat and feel much better about myself now.
To get back into running I was brought on as a volunteer assistant track coach at a local high school recently which gives me access to their facilities (which are very nice btw.)
I have only done a few running workouts but am not really sure what I should be doing. I remember some of what I used to do back in hs but things are different now. I do not have anyone to push me, I have to push myself and I am having a difficult time actually coming up with workouts.
I have come here but a lot of the acronyms I do not fully understand. Things like GPP or listings like 4x2x200 or something like that….Is there anyplace here that describes what some of them mean? Most I can figure out in context but others I am clueless on.
Another problem is figuring out how to incorporate weights with running. Should they be done same day or alternated? Initially I was lifting 5 days a week only, working a different body part each day. Now that I am running, I plan on lifting M W F and running T TH S. I do work full time which makes things even more difficult.
I have been reading the training logs but again a lot of the naming conventions confuse me.
Any advice anyone can offer I would appreciate and I apologize for the lengthy post.