Received from Hugh Barrow, this one is on how to be the very best distance runner you can be. As he says, it is by one who has been over the course.
Written by Steve Flint spot on written by somebody who has been over the course
Here’s my take on being the very best middle distance runner you can be . . . .
1. You can’t avoid miles during the winter – no matter how you do them in training , cross country or indeed road racing or mixture of what works best for you.
2. Interval training spring and summer – again its your take: track , sand , parkland or hills or indeed whatever the mix that fits you.
3. Health – staying healthy ” injury free” is the glue for 1 and 2 because this is where you gain the “compound interest ” year in year out and this alone will put you way ahead of the game.
4. Prospective – take your own path – don’t compare yourself to others who may be over-training or indeed those who are even just two or three years older – if they have stayed healthy they have way more compound interest than you – with age your time will come .
5. Coach – choose someone who believes in you and who has a clear vision of how to lay down the foundations of your journey . . . . . don’t be afraid of changing coaches if its not working for you . .
6. PBs / Times – this is only feedback on one day in a point of time – don’t confuse running fast with ” winning “
7. Winning – is racing and racing makes winners – not time trials anyone on good day can run fast – fast runners don’t make good racers because to race you have to react to what is happening around you as the race is coming to the finishing line – getting in position to compete to win is the tough learning curve –
8. Failure – deal with it – learn form it – let it light the fire within . . . . . . . .
9. Passion – if you’re not passionate about what your running you can’t underpin all the above – and if you can’t under pin the above – you’re doomed . .
10 . Don’t take life too seriously – no one gets out alive 🙂