Running can be a challenge and it can get especially hard when we are adding in workouts at higher intensities. Naturally, when we find a workout that we are good at, we are going to want to repeat that workout. That’s where we can get into a little trouble.
Over time your body will become very efficient at accomplishing your favorite workout, and you will stop taking in significant benefits. It will not be pointless, and certainly not negative, but you will not be progressing very much.
When you want to see improvement, you must put your body into a state of stress. You must move outside of your comfort zone. You must first recognize what your comfort zone is, and then try something else.
On this episode, we talk about how Angie and I have very different comfort zones, and what we both need to work on that makes us feel uncomfortable.
Here are some quick options:
How do I get faster? The ultimate question for a coach and competitive runner. While there really is no magic workout or super predictor, there are some best practices.
Different workouts are designed for different physical benefits, and those benefits have varying levels of importance at different race distances. Longer races require the physical ability to hold up over a few hours of running, while 5k races force an athlete to deal with higher levels of pain but for a shorter period of time.
As we have pointed out before, two athletes running the same workouts at the same pace(or intensity level) may not gain identical adaptations. New runners and seasoned runners will adapt differently, and age and gender seem to also play a role. With that in mind, we present some workout ideas for success at major race distances.
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