The “Making a Better Runner” Series of Blogs is not meant to be an exhaustive list of everything you should do to be a better runner. It is also not a scientifically backed up process which maps the way for everyone wishing to be better at a specific sport.
We are all different, we are all organic beings. We learn, grow, recover and change at different rates. What works for some people will not work for others – or at least, it will work at a radically different rate.
What this series IS, is a series of blogs based around general principles that I have used to effect an increase in speed and endurance over the past couple of years. We use these principles for other sports as well, but with adjustments according to the sport in question.
Training is not, and never will be a one size fits all problem/solution, but with a bit of education, we might be able to work out what each of us find hard, what we could do better, and where we can reap the most reward for time spent training.
Once weaknesses are identified, it is the training and the application to training which is the most important.
There are a number of things I won’t be covering in these coming blogs and I make no apology for that. Indeed, I’ll lay some of it out now: No, I won’t be specifically mentioning heart rate training, which, I know, is massively important to some people. No, I won’t talk specifically about speed sessions, nor about exact formulas. Yes, these may well be hugely important to some, but then, this is a series of short articles, it is not meant to be exhaustive. I can’t fit everything in, I guess you could see it as a bit of a guide as to what you could do if you want to improve, and if you do not find the answer you need here, hopefully you will understand a little more about where you need to look.
There is no single path to improvement, and each of us is unique and may well need a particular stimulus to create that improvement.
Reading, learning and planning are simply the easy parts. Commitment to actually doing the training is more challenging… it is also what gets you better.
If you have any questions / arguments you want to pick / suggestions for me / and so on and so forth, please drop me (Tim) a line on firstname.lastname@example.org