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
The rule of specificity states that we must train the discipline that we want to improve. i.e. if you want to be a faster runner, then run, don’t cycle.
Of course, it’s not quite that simple. There are a number of ways we can improve our race times without actually running a step.
If we want to run faster then we have to train the body to be able to do that — running to be fit
Jo Pavey’s extraordinary run in the European Championships 10000m has certainly made more than a few runners think again about what they can achieve.
In a recent issue of Runner’s World Jo detailed an ideal session for sharpening up before a 5k or 10k.
Unusually, it includes both interval and threshold training.
- 3 x 800m with 2 min recoveries
- 3 mins rest
- 3 x 400m with 90 sec recoveries
- 5 mins rest
- 10 mins at tempo pace
- 5 mins rest
- 4 x 200m with 60 sec recoveries
The reps should be run at 5k pace or even slightly quicker.
We ran this
I’ve been running for quite a few years now, and been coaching for a few too.
I always endeavour to be the optimistic trainer. By this I mean that when in doubt about running or training (and I don’t mean due to health reasons), just go. Get out there, engage with nature — whatever it throws at you — relish the challenge, the invigoration, and the sense of being alive. We always
Don’t run in the same shoes all the time
We see quite a few runners who have favourite running shoes; they won’t buy or wear anything else. I used to be like that. Once I’d found a particular type of shoe, I’d be very cautious about changing it for fear of increasing the risk of developing a running injury.
Nowadays, I’m a little more relaxed about my running shoes. A while ago I moved very firmly away from
How do the stride lengths of the elite compare?
The video below captured Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, and Mo Farah, at mile 12 at the BUPA Great North Run in 2013. At this point, the 3 runners are running at the same speed as they had done for most of the race; shortly after this point Bekele broke away.
We can see a very real differences in the stride lengths. If the speed is the same and stride lengths are different, then the cadence