We all know that training the body is only part of what makes us better runners. Those running performances that seem to exceed what we thought were possible — our greatest runs — come when our minds are completely working with us. Sometimes, they take us by surprise, sometimes they are exactly what we planned. Regardless, for them to happen at all our mental state must be in complete harmony
Breaking 30 minutes for 5k
The sub 30 minute 5k is often the first real running goal for a new runner after becoming able to run continuously. The popularity of both the Couch to 5k programme and Park Run has created a vast number of new runners. Some — those blessed with appropriate genes — will crack 30 minutes for 5k on their first attempt; they might well go on to threaten the 20 minute
What is a negative split marathon?
Simply, it’s running second half faster than the first. It is commonly recommended on coaching and running websites to attempt to run the second half of a marathon faster than the first.
According to an article on Runners World ‘Anyone can and should run negative splits’. The article continues,
Breaking 25 minutes for 5k
Who is this training plan for?
It’s for anyone who is keen to run under 25 minutes for 5k. Of course, this covers a wide range of runners; for example, a new runner who has just run their first 5k in 27 minutes and wants to target 25, or, an experienced runner who has been just outside of 25 for years and feels they need more structured training to make the time. The type of training that these runners do will be as varied
This video was shot just before the 14 mile point at the London Marathon in 2018.
At this point the runners in the leading group were running faster than world record pace. The video illustrates nicely the varied running form of the best male distance runners in the world.
The video shows, in order:
1st runner is pace.
2nd runner (and winner) Eliud Kipchoge in orange shorts.
I’ve never really been a big fan of running in tights
It’s probably my age, and maybe I’m a little self-conscious. I also get to hear plenty of amusing often derogatory remarks about runners who are maybe bolder and like to set their stall out, so to speak — I guess Robin Hood pulled it off ok. Perhaps these will offer a more comfortable introduction to compression clothing.