Supercompensation – it’s a give and take

Supercompensation
Supercompensation

No running today – it’s been resting day. Before I started on the running feedback program at time-to-run.com I ran 6 days a week – always resting the same day – always doing the same running exercises the same days of the week.. That was all I knew by then. I had read a lot about running, though. What makes you a faster runner? What gives endurance? Techique of running – biomechanics.. From all that I thought it was just to make a mix of everything and see where it went. Actually, I think it went pretty decent, looking at my performance back in Summer of 2009 and the Summer of 2010. I never thought I would come that far in only a year 🙂

But, but.. There was an awful lot of things I didn’t know too. I knew that I didn’t hold the key to success – that’s why I kept on searching… One day my path crossed time-to-run.com. I thought “Why not?”, started an account and began filling in my data. I haven’t regretted a single time I signed up there. The trainer there giving feedback “TheEd” holds a lot of secrets of successful running and he’s very keen on looking into every single unique individual case. One of the first things he opened my eyes for, which I didn’t know, was what hypercompensation is. Hypercompensation is the key to success when you want to improve as effectively as possible.

I’m neither a scientist nor an athletic expert, so please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong in what I am to write 😉 I’d appreciate it.

To try to explain it shortly – when we workout, we brake down ourselves. This gives a signal to the body to get ready for some hard work. It starts to compensate the lack of ability by building itself up. When it reaches the peak where your ability was during the last workout it thinks “oh, no.. I won’t go there again – we need to bring some more juice this time!” and then builds up itself some more.. The peak reaches a little higher over the last peak – that’s supercompensation. If you are able to time each higher peak you will go on supercompensating higher and higher..

Supercompensation
An explaining picture of supercompensation

Of course, for our bodies to be able to do so, we need to give it proper rest in between – hence the easy runs and resting days :). And that is also why the programs at time-to-run.com isn’t symmetrical in exact weeks – it’s supposed to find those supercompensating peaks and give you a full load when you’re there.

If you want to dig a little deeper into the subject of supercompensation, do visit this Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercompensation

Tomorrow I’ll do the 5k paced run – hope I’m in the peak 😉 And also, I hope to find a nice place to do it, because I’m not really up for the treadmills I’ve been using earlier to be honest.

Take care y’all!!