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Help, is it possible for me to train for both sprint and distance running? watch

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    Im in my 30's female and have trained with athletics for years on and off but never trained properly to be honest I just enjoy it plus it keeps me fit and in shape. Id like to train properly say 5 times a week but for years Ive kept swapping goals as i cant make my mind up what to actually train for! Im not brilliant at any type of running if im honest, maybe cause im inly 5ft but as i said just enjoy it. I enjoy sprinting and building muscle. I feel good when i fee fast and strong.

    So its sprinting which i enjoy and im best at (im powerful but no good at endurance) but theres a bit of a problem with training for sprinting. Firstly very few adults seem to compete in 100 and 200m sprinting at amateur level, theres the odd meet twice a year thats it. The sprint training groups consist of children. No one my age at my club or surrounding clubs train at sprinting. When I do enter competitions i tend to be the oldest one there and come last, so theres no competition for me at my level or age.

    Therefore I was thinking of just training for 5k instead as millions of adults train for this distance. People say im not built for distance though, ive more power/speed than stamina and when i start training for distance i miss the speed training. I thought about training for both sprinting and 5k but its completely different training and I dont know if i could improve at both silmutaneously. I Just wanted advice. Ive been switching from sprint to distance training for years i just need a clear goal and to stick to it.

    From what ive learnt (could be wrong)

    It is possible to be both a sprinter and a distance runner if you want to have fun.
    Sprinting exclusively needs anaerobic training of the “fast-twitch” muscles; true distance running mainly needss aerobic training of “slow-twitch” muscles. If you insist on training both in one microcycle, you could be good at the 800m if you have the right plan.

    You could be good up to a point at amateur level you could become very good at both but at elite level sprint and distance training won't combine well one requires speed/power the other requires stamina so training for both means time is wasted on excelling at either event. I think you could do both as long as your goal is at amateur/club level but maybe someone could confirm this..
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