I came across this article on the Running Times website this week (a wonderful wealth of information, by the way). It is, quite simply, one of the most helpful articles related to improving training and performance that I have read in some time. The article points out that even experienced runners are prone to make some of these mistakes, so regardless of your level of running expertise, it could possibly be worth a few moments of your time to check it out and see how you’re doing with these.The list is as follows (full article here):
- Start Too Fast
- Make All Runs ‘Medium’ Runs
- Neglect Speed
- Recover Inadequately
- Indulge in ‘All You Can Eat’ Workouts
- Refuse to Adjust Workouts
- Search For the Perfect Workout
- Become Running Fundamentalists
- Delay Injury Prevention Plans
- Train at Goal Pace
- Race Stupidly (A Compendium)
Of course, more detail on each of these is provided in the article and, not intended to leave you hanging, fixes for these mistakes are included, as well. Though all of tips are perfectly logical and I may have heard many of them before, I think it is helpful to periodically return to fundamentals such as these and review how I am doing with them. It is so easy to get caught up in the just doing of running, logging miles and times, and get distracted from focusing on the finer details that will really help me improve (not just maintain).
I know straightaway that I am guilty lately of committing #2. I need to focus much more diligently on slowing down during my long runs so that my body can reap the benefits of the unique training they provide and so that I will be fresh enough to really do quality tempo runs when I need/want to.
Thanks, Running Times, for providing me with a fantastic opportunity to re-center on the details that will maximize the benefits of my training plan and overall performance!