Are you interested in learning how to be a better runner? If you are highly motivated to run faster then you may want to read this. Short, sweet and to the point.
These are a few do’s and do not’s that kept me from breaking the 2.20 barrier and also caused me from not breaking 2.40 for 7 years.
DO enjoy the journey in your training. Look at it in a long-term approach.
DO drink water, both in training and in your racing. I learned this the hard way.
Furthermore, you’re putting in a ton of work, mileage and effort. Ensure your hydrated for the next day’s training. This is one of the most important tips of how to be a better runner.
Replace what you have lost in training and sweat.
DO take sleep seriously. The quickest way to fatigue and burn out is not giving your system enough time to recharge and recover from your last training effort.
Focus on What You Can Control
DO relax. There is absolutely no sense in stressing yourself over meaningless BS that will not benefit you as a runner or bring out your capability.
DO read up on training. What can you do differently that would make a drastic change in your running?
How are you going to find out without taking the time to educate yourself?
Knowledge is power, make use of it.
DO spend as much time as you can building a strong mileage base. Also, this doesn’t mean doing workouts in the first few weeks.
Easy mileage with very little anaerobic work (if any at all) should be the focus. Don’t get carried away.
DO take into consideration your coach’s advice. 99.99% of the time we think we’re right but it is usually the other way around.
The coach should know their athletes and it should’t be some cookie-cutter training plan. Furthermore, the coach should be interactive with the athlete.
DON’T worry. The biggest hindrance you can place on yourself is worrying about things you simply cannot control.
Weather? Out of your hands. Windy? What can you do about? Focus on the things you can control and you’ll run faster because your attention was placed in the right direction
It is like a finger pointing to the moon, do not focus on the finger, or you will miss all that Heavenly glory – Bruce Lee
DON’T try to be someone you’re not. Rather, remind yourself of what you are. One in over 7 billion people on the planet. No one has your capability, talents and potential as an athlete.
If someone is running 150 miles a week and bragging about it, who gives a flip, you can probably get equal results on 60. K.I.S.S.
DON’T run fast every day. If your training with a group and they are running faster than they should probably be going know when to back off.
Don’t follow the herd. Use your common sense.
DON’T make every workout a race. Training should be the hard part. Save the race for race day.
In addition, the race should feel as if you are on autopilot because you were smart enough to taper correctly.
I felt as if I were on a regular long run when I ran 2:19:35 for the marathon yet was on 5.11 per mile average through 20 miles.
Rested body=autopilot effort
DON’T forget where you came from. Stay hungry. Remember, one great race doesn’t make you. You have to continually want to improve as an athlete.
If your goal isn’t to qualify for the Olympic Trials or Team, then take whatever goal you are envisioning and be totally devoted to making it a reality.
DON’T go out too hard in your race.
I learned my lesson from this one. I raced against Ryan Hall in a half-marathon in Virginia hitting the first mile in 4.30 hitting the two-mile mark in 9.26. Yeah, not the best thing I could have done.
I am strong runner but was I ready to step up to 1.01 half-marathon pace when I am still a 1.07 guy?
Know When To Risk
Furthermore, it is wise to be cautious early on in your race. Take calculated risks when you can.
DON’T forget those who have helped you.
Remember those who made a difference for you.
DON’T believe you don’t have what it takes. I am a huge advocate on the power of positive thinking and belief. If you’re not 100 percent immersed then you are only selling yourself short.
I don’t expect everyone here having a passion to run 130 miles a week or running a 2.30 marathon.
That being said, you may be just wanting to run one mile 5 seconds faster than you have run the distance. Perhaps, you are just starting out in the sport. That being said, whatever it is you have in mind put forth the effort to see it through.
DON’T listen to anyone who tells you to quit. Had I done this I would have never went under 2.20.
You own your performance and preparation. No one will get you out the door.
That is up to you.
Lastly, focus on what you can control.The greatest achievers are also innovators in how they think. Follow that example.
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