I'm not trying to overload this forum with messages and questions, but I feel this issue is valid.
First of all, I would ask Mike to on the FAQ Section, define overtraining and the keys to avoiding it.
Secondly, here's my issue that flies in the face of everything you all do here and kindly work to help me out through your actions:
Today at Prospeed, I was told by Robert Brown (Packers) and Derrick Crittenden (Boston College All-American), so two very knowledgable people in what they do, that I can't run 5 days a week. I was told by Derrick to compare myself to a car, a Geo Metro. Put some turbo in it. The first boost will tear up the opponents. The second and third will wear and tear the car down and the driver will lose the race. Compare this to my training. Using tempo in between max-effort high-intensity days they say is too much for my body. Even if I take ice baths, use EMS ("They're all great regenerative techniques, and even though you're not sore the next day, you'll break down. You've gotta rest to get stronger." Robert: "I played in the NFL, and even I only ran 4 days a week at most." They say that low tempo will slowly eat away at my body.
I posed the question, "Is running tempo making me stronger or faster?"
"No. It might make you less sore but will break down your body. You've gotta have rest, and anyways, Charlie Francis is training track athletes, and you're a baseball player."
I'm an OF, and today's OF's are trained like track athletes (Greg Golson, fastest OF in the nation at my age looks like he belongs in a track uniform for the 100 yd. dash).
Robert: "If you were a pro athlete and fully developed, we might have you doing this. But you're still growing, and we have to develop your muscles and strength. Running five days a week is detrimental to that."
Comments/Suggestions on what to do?
I trust your words on any speed related situation. Y'all are very kind in answering my questions. I only want to gain speed in the quickest amount of time for the college 60 yd. dash next yr. If the "waiting and resting to gain strength" method of Robert's is the best, I'll go with it. But if you can give me some evidence against it and define overtraining, because I can't feel it (they say), I'll go with y'all.