Practise makes average.

05 May Practise makes average.

I’ve just about finished my presentation for tonights seminar with New Forest Marathon Team.


Well, I started it months ago and just needed to pop a few pictures in it!


But one of the key topics I am covering is all about the 10,000 hour rule.


It is said that if you do something for 10,000 hours, you become a master of a subject.


So doing something for 3 hours a day over 10 years, you’ll get the hang of it.


The problem with this “rule” is it promotes going through the motions.


In a book by Matthew Syed (called Bounce) he talks about driving, and how many people will achieve 10,000 hours behind the wheel and yet never quite threaten Lewis Hamilton around a race track.


Food for thought me thinks..!


So when it comes to running, simply running is not the answer. The reason being… Most of the time we are on Auto Pilot.


We have no idea what is really going on.


And this is a big problem. The emails I receive from runners looking to improve and are frustrated at the amount of time they invest into improving, but don’t, is pretty big.

So what should change?


Adapt your focus from “just running” and for each session you do have a key focus.


Whether its thinking about what your feet are doing.


What your arms are doing.


In Matthews book, he calls it Purposeful Practise – and this is what I believe is key.


So there is a little snippet of what I’ll be talking about this evening!




Coach Ant,

P.S. If you are looking to find out more how you can make your running sessions more “purposeful” we have limited spaces on out September courses (we had a random influx of enquiries this week!)  email for details on this.


We are also hosting a full training weekend in the New Forest too – Aptly called RunCamp’s A Weekend In The Forest…

Check it out here:




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