There's been a lot of Resolution shaming recently.
The fitness world loves and hates them.
There was a time where you simply HAD to have one. If you don't have a goal - you won't be going anywhere.
And then more recently, if you have a goal or...
It's on the tip of many runners tongues - How much faster could I be?
"If I changed X about my training... How much faster would I be?"
It's something I ponder all the time, personally and with my coaching hat on too.
If we switched person x from running 3 times per week to 4, would they notice the difference, or would they fall foul to injury?
There's a constant balance between hitting the right mileage and ensuring to keep the quality there or doing too much and risking injury/fatigue.
Sacrificing the quality a little to strive for those bigger weekly mileage numbers can seem like the right move to make, but its dependant on a number of factors.
The two biggest ones as far as I am concerned with my runners is firstly can their bodies manage it.
Secondly, will their family/work/life handle it too.
I'm currently building my plan up ready for an April marathon.
I'd be easy to say "I'm going to run 6 days per week".
My body would handle the opening 4 weeks, but after that I'm sure tiredness would creep in. My work quality would drop and chances are I'd start to dread upcoming sessions on my plan.
This is why I am a big advocate of not focusing on big miles, but focusing on the quality within.
So instead of committing to a huge number of weekly runs, maybe committing to better quality runs is something we could be targeting for faster running in the new year.
Short and sharp over long and steady?
Just my thoughts.
And to answer the question of how much faster...
Personally I think this is the wrong question to be asking.
Instead of focusing on the speed, focus on what needs to happen to progress closer to that goal.
E.g. to run faster, you need to focus on the content of your training, minimising junk miles and adding in quality miles, this as one example is a sure fire way of moving you closer to your running faster goal.
To help you with a bit of structure, I've popped a brief example below along with 4 of my favourite speed sessions as inspiration.
Because more is not always better, for many runners I work with, running less but focusing on quality has been a positive change for them, physically and mentally too.
Success means a lot of different things to different people.
Currently I am meeting almost daily with runners looking towards their Marathon goals over the coming 16-20 weeks.
And now is a fantastic time, because there IS time to make that change, implement a program and make...
The GPS watch is probably the biggest and most popular technological advancement in running. Before I delve deep into my thoughts around them. I thought I'd make a quick statement.
I have one, I love using it and I will never be throwing it away (until...
On Monday I sent out an email to the RunCamp List.
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I spoke about an email I received asking me what gets me out the door.
I've literally just returned from a run in the rain.
It was actually one of those "bearable" runs, where you start off in the dry, but the rain gradually comes until you aren't sure whether it's rain or sweat anymore...