219: The Importance of Easy Running
You want to run faster, so you practice running faster. You want to run faster, so you push every run just that little bit extra. You want to run faster, so you live by the motto “no pain, no gain.” You want to run faster, but now you are exhausted, sick, burnt out, or injured. When you are ready to start back up and bring more joy to your running, consider that most improvement coming during the easy days. If you do not have easy days, when do you plan on improving?
Highlights of the Episode:
Background to running - where did you start?
What experiences have shaped your beliefs about what running should be?
- Coming from other sports
- Pushing harder is always better
- Coming to lose weight
The trap of the comparison mindset
Why do you keep running? What do you want to get out of it?
Most runners we know are looking to be able to run longer or faster regardless of why
Conveniently, the answer to both options lives in the easy run
The biological and scientific changes that occur in the body when running slower
How running slower can help us to run faster
The oxymoron of “easy running”
The need for acceptance and letting go of judgment
How much of your running should be easy?
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