Over the years, I've noticed several key themes that seem to pop up in a variety of different situations. These apply not only to running or training, but to many other things. What I was left with is my eight rules of everything. I use them as reminders to keep me in check when looking at research, designing training, coaching, doing school work, analyzing arguments or just about anything.
1. When something is new or gains popularity, it is overemphasized until it eventually falls into it's rightful place. How long that process takes varies greatly.
2. Research is only as good as the measurement being used is.
3. We overemphasize the importance of what we can measure and what we already know, ignoring that which we can not measure and know little about.
4. We think in absolutes and either/ors instead of the spectrum that is really present.
5. We underestimate the complexity of almost everything, overestimating our knowledge.
6. The human body is amazing and is infinitely more complex than we give it credit for.
7. You look and analyze things from YOUR perspective, overemphasizing what your knowledge base strength is.
(i.e. Sprint/Strength coaches think distance runners should do low volume high intensity work, while distance coaches tend to think sprint athletes should have a bigger "base." For Example: Vern Gambetta falls into the former, while Lydiard falls into the latter.)
8. Everything seems to work in cycles.
(i.e. American training of distance runners- low volume high intensity-40-50s, high volume-60s-70s, high intensity- (coe era) 80's-90s, High Volume 00's-present)
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These rules apply to almost everything. I can give examples if you like or you can post any examples of where these rules apply.