I came across this little graphic sometime ago and thought it was worth sharing. Force-Strength
Its a simple reminder of the things that will fill or empty your bucket. I am constantly hammering home the message of sleep and rest to athletes. Over training will also play a big role in this one. De-loading and rest weeks are vitally important for all athletes. Don’t get fooled into thinking you can make constant improvement by training more. As you move from novice to intermediate to an advanced athlete the little things become more important. Big gains can be made as a novice athlete when beginning a new sport but those gains become a lot more difficult as you move up the training scale. Also see neural fatigue
Over training a big performance killer. However so is under training. 🙂 You h ave to be prepared to work hard and smart. Grinding out hard session after hard session doesn’t mean you will run faster. It may just mean you are excellent at grinding out hard sessions. I am notorious for making athletes finish a session when they look like thy have had enough. If I can see a drop in mechanics and poor posture starting to creep in they have probably had enough. Especially if its a high quality speed session and we are trying to make speed gains. Poor mechanics and poor running technique just make a crappy runner. However if the session is a bit of a grind out session and we are trying to build lactic thresh hold then I will probably let the athlete perform a few very crappy runs before I stop them.