Been working with a kid who runs cross country for about a year now.
He started with Starting Strength, and when that stopped progressing very fast, we switched to a different 3x/week template using the 5/3/1 progression method. I actually used part of it from a template Wendler provided in one of his articles on here…something like a “Letter to My Younger Self” or something like that. So day 1 is squat and bench, day 2 is power clean and deadlift, and day 3 is front squat and press. I didn’t follow what he said exactly for assistance movements, but all assistance movements are bodyweight (chinups, back extensions, GHR’s, etc.)
Anyway, so he’s been lifting for about a year, and has been very consistent. About 3 days a week pretty much every week for almost a year. Doesn’t really experience any soreness or extreme fatigue, but is making size and strength gains which I believe says what he’s doign is working, at least for now.
He runs cross country in the fall, and track in the spring. This fall, our time to train together is going to be limited, due to my work schedule and his school/practice schedule, so we don’t have a whole lot of options as to when we meet. All summer long, he had practice 6 days a week, and would lift 3 of those 6 days, and never noticed a decrease in performance with running or lifting. The past 3 weeks, he’s been running twice a day 5 days a week, and lifting 3 out of the 5 running days as well. Still hasn’t noticed any dropopff in performance.
Just wondering what the verdict would be on continuing to lift when he has a meet during the season, which just started. He’d lift around 6am and then run several (like 4-10) hours later. He’s not an amazing runner in the first place, and doesn’t plan on it. (Not that he doesn’t work hard - there’s just some older guys who are really good.) So he’s not the kind of guy who’s expected to win or anything. It just seems like he’s built up a pretty high work capacity and hasn’t really been affected by much at this point.
What do you think? Would it be stupid to lift the day of a meet? Say even if it was just 2 main lifts, and no assistance work or anything unnecessary included?