Training Awesome Tips
Well I don’t really know what training awesome tips are but I do know that keyword was searched 4,118 times in the month of September globally and in the month of July, 21,274 times so somebody wants to know and I intend to deliver.
Awesome training takes a different mindset.
It takes something more than just interest.
You have to be committed and if there is a such thing as training awesome tips they all comprise one characteristic, commitment.
The most successful people I have met in athletics, education (my wife who is a college professor) and business all have it.
An enormous desire to excel, they are not interested in their areas of expertise but fully committed and they didn’t become subject matter experts by just ‘kind-of wanting it’.
I will be covering 10 tips that I have learned either from trial and error or by networking with the right people that I hope will assist you in your running and racing journey.
10 Awesome Tips To Help You Run Faster
1. Let go of what you cannot control
My wife got a blister in the middle of her toe a few days ago which has made her take a few days off.
The reason why she isn’t running through it is because she got a blister in the past in the same area, tried to run on it and it got infected.
She is doing the right thing, if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
This is running, it isn’t the end of life.
Listen to you body and just let go of the worry and concern you may be feeling.
These too, shall pass.
You still have your health, mental capabilities, family and support system.
It could be your spouse, cat, dog, movie series, whatever it is that takes your mind away, can assist you in letting go of the small stuff.
I am still very serious about my running but there is a time to let go of worrying about every little aspect of training.
If you cannot run for whatever reason, take a few days off, decompress and start back up.
It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.
2. Increase the pace at which you conduct your long run
I will continue to repeat this as it should be one of the best training awesome tips anyone seasoned athlete could give to another just as reminder.
It could be to master that section of your race where you have not been able to sustain pace and wonder why you keep missing your goal by just a few minutes.
This is one tip I failed to listen to for years and it cost me.
The Kenyans may look superhuman but they are not.
I have lived, trained with and outrun them in my career thus far.
It didn’t happen by running easy.
To outmatch someone of higher skill takes studying what they have taken the time to study.
It takes effort even when you don’t feel like it.
People are successful for a reason and it isn’t because they have a different skill set or were just born that way.
If you want to run faster, study the methods of those who are running times you want to run.
Do you want to be wealthy, study the methods of the rich?
Why is that?
Perhaps, a few were studying methods the masses were not?
People would do better, if they knew better – Jim Rohn
3. Take Easy Days Easy
I have had so many people over the years, my wife included, who feel that they would be slowing me down if I ran with them.
If sub 2.10 Kenyan marathoners can run slower than your grandma on their easy days than why can I, as a 2.19 marathoner, not emulate one of the most important of training awesome tips?
The hardest workout I do is the long run.
It isn’t track workouts, hill repeats or intervals.
The long run is my secret weapon because far too many runners conduct it at far too slow of a pace.
My advice is to alternate easy long runs one week, harder long runs the next and follow that guidance week after week.
You cannot be disciplined in one part of your training and lax in another.
Your easy days should be exactly that, easy.
The best runners in the world can follow this flawlessly.
Why can’t you?
The body can only be pushed so many times and continual running at anaerobic efforts will not yield you results.
You want return on your investment and to do so you have to know when to slow down.
4. Study the importance of Glutathione
I won’t dive too far into this because I have written about as much on healthy living as I have running.
The workout is a very small part of the success question.
Are you paying attention to your cells?
Do you have any idea how powerful eradicating toxins built up from breathing in pollutants from the air and from vehicles can do for your running?
It is a sad state of affairs when more runners would rather spend time in the letsrun.com forums for entertainment, then spend a day researching this little known but extremely powerful antioxidant and what it does for the body.
Hate to say this but how fast Galen Rupp ran in the Golden Gala 10,000m isn’t going to help you lose weight, gain leverage of your time or run any faster.
It may entertain you but entertainment doesn’t help anyone’s bank account or fitness level.
Entertainment is fun, hard work isn’t and that is why so many get distracted on unimportant stimuli.
What good does watching the nightly news do for anyone?
I’ll never understand why so many Americans watch so much visual content that is being fed into their minds that does them no good.
Focus on what is important, makes you feel good, motivates you.
Throw out the rest.
5. Stop Comparing Yourself To Other Runners
I am just as guilty as any other runner.
I wanted to break Malone University’s 5000m record time of 13.51 set by Ira Wentworth back in 1996 when I arrived to the Malone University campus.
What was my best time upon graduation in 2000?
It wasn’t until I stopped focusing on measuring up to other runners that I started running times that even guys at Ira Wentworth’s level would have had to work hard to earn.
You take the pressure of yourself and start seeing running for what it really is.
A way to remain healthy and to create art for yourself.
Everyone can run easy but it takes an artist to learn to run fast and everyone was born one.
If your best time for a 5K is 35 minutes, be proud of that.
If your best half marathon is 1.20 and your goal is 1.15, focus on the mission and forget the stories of runners running faster times.
It is mental flatuation that you simply don’t need.
It does nothing for you but waste your mental energy that you could be spending with your kids, spouse or friend.
Focus on the fundamentals and disregard the rest.
You’ll run faster, more efficiently and I promise you, faster than you ever had.
My sub 2.20 marathon at the 2007 California International Marathon was a result of having no pressure to perform.
6. Listen To Knowledge
Regardless where it comes from, seek it, cherish it and focus all your attention and energy on it.
It is more powerful and priceless than any amount of money in your bank account, what care you drive or how important people think you are.
The Bible’s Book of Proverbs is one of my favorite sources of knowledge that I go to, my personal relationship with God and my wife.
Knowledge will entertain you when no one around you seems to care what you are doing.
If you yearn for it, you will find your running becoming much more efficient, flawless, effortless.
You will find many areas of your life changing for the better because the positive words and thoughts going into your mind are attracting positive and powerful things to happen for you.
Knowledge comes in various ways and there is are some secrets on this website that if you use your eyes to see and your ears to hear, will take your running and life to a higher level.
I was coached for three years by a Boston Marathon champion and that experience taught me that people who become that successful in their craft do so for a reason.
You want to know what awesome training tips are?
They come into being from action, not interest.
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?. Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.
Your thoughts, what you say to yourself and pay attention to will attract to you.
What are you paying attention to these days?
Is it Ebola, ISIS or some other fear mongering CNN news media story or is it how to own and leverage your time, lose weight, be more productive?
We all have a choice what we are going to focus our energy and time on.
Life is precious and our biggest asset, our time, is squandered away because we don’t always seek the knowledge that those that do have all the time in the world to do whatever they please, have.
Focus on the type of knowledge that will help you get what you want, not take you away from what brings you the most joy.
7. Work On Your Speed
The key to running faster involves spending time at efforts that deal with being uncomfortable.
Faster running requires you to teach the body to build up a tolerance of lactic acid.
The hydrogen ion, a component of lactic acid, is the real culprit as to why we slow down when we are trying so hard not to.
How do we get around this physiological hurdle that causes so many runners to miss sustaining the pace that they wish to hold?
The answer is spending time at speeds faster than your goal race pace, sometimes much faster than the pace you have been visualizing.
You want to teach the body to continue to convert lactic acid back to energy while at race pace, when this fails to occur is when we begin to slow down.
I had to make a plan in my head mentally first of running under my goal of sub 2.22.00 back in 2007 while I was ‘only’ a 2.43.36 marathoner.
How does one go from being able to sustain a 6.14 per mile pace for 26.2 miles to a 5.25 mile pace?
This is an enormous jump in ability for anyone.
It is no different than someone who has been able to sustain 9.00 mile pace for the marathon distance and wishing to hold 7.45 pace.
The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between reality or imagination – Billy Mills, Olympic 10,000m Gold medalist
No other quote has impacted my running and professional career more than this one.
You have to believe the impossible is possible because it is.
The only reality that is not possible is the reality we tell ourselves.
I am working on achieving both these goals and they have already been attained in my mind.
My mental reality will match my physical reality in due time and with great effort.
I expect these things into existence, they are not wishes.
Paying for my wife’s doctoral degree, achieving an Olympic A standard time at next years Boston Marathon and freeing my time depends on it.
Sometimes the most impossible things become very doable when we get really motivated and become focused to make them reality in our lives.
What are doing today to make your running goals come to fruition?
I hope some of these tips can be categorized training awesome tips whatever that is but what I hope for you is that you make the most of the opportunity you have been given with your running and your life.
Endless amounts of money to be made, very limited time and what saddens me is so many people let others squander it for them and permit it.
To run faster, live happier lives, to own your time you have to think in alternative ways.
I hope you are on that path and believe you are.