Running Smart Doesn’t Always Mean More Miles

16 Oct Running Smart Doesn’t Always Mean More Miles

We’ve been sending out regular emails (usually 2-3 times per week – you can join the 1000’s of other runners by heading to the bottom of this page) and sometimes the biggest lessons I write about should be shouted about more. 


Especially when it comes to end of season – winter kicks in.


As as much as we hate to think about it – running does have a season, and so should you.

Expecting your body to perform week in, week out is a recipe for a disaster, but when should you take your foot off the gas?

How do you know when you should (and if you are running well, this is a really hard thing to do)

This is one of the biggest benefits of having a plan in mind- it is not just in being able to push yourself more…

I’ve heard this a lot. 

Comments like – “I’m not motivated enough to follow a plan”

But it’s not all about going harder all the time. 

​​​​​​​In fact with a number of people I’m working with at the moment… 

I’m telling them to BACK OFF!

​​​​​​​As great as that feeling of running well is. 

It CAN’T last. 

No matter how much you want it to. 

All good things as they say must come to an end.

And unless you have plenty of events lined up over the winter, now is the time to take your foot off the gas. 

Winter for me is about getting stronger, building up core strength, and doing things I enjoy. 

I LOVE running and riding off road, so chances are, my instagram feed will be full of muddy photos. 

I do less of this in the summer as the ground is hard and you just don’t get as muddy!

Switching the mind off, going back to basics and doing the things you love is a priority during this “off season”. 

It’s a chance to re-set.

Re-engage that mojo.

Chances are, 3-4 weeks of doing something different and you’ll bounce back to your usual routine full of beans and raring to go. 

There’s a time and a place for slogging out your runs week in week out. 

Usually this falls in the 16-20 weeks before an event. 

Before that though, I urge you to do the things you love, try something different, perhaps yoga, swimming, cycling. 

If you, like thousands of others reading this are thinking about Spring 2019 marathons and halves… This means you have 8 weeks of enjoying your running until that 20 week countdown kicks in. 

Make the most of it… 🙂 


Coach Ant

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