Running can be deceptively complex: for anybody chasing a Personal Best, it’s certainly not “just put one foot in front of the other!”
For the runner who’s interested in improving and getting faster, running suddenly becomes complicated:
- Should I *race* my tune-up half marathon?
- How do you balance lifting weights with running?
- What’s the best way to come back to running after an injury?
- How does fueling work for long races?
Simply lacing up your shoes for an easy run isn’t possible anymore. It’s more complicated – now your running has purpose – it’s training, not exercise.
And for a long time, I never bothered with the complexity of running.
I just thought that running was a fun thing to do after school with my friends. But soon, I fell in love with the sport and with the process of training. My goal was to learn as much as possible.
So first, I stuck with the sport and had the honor of learning from more than ten coaches over my running career. The formal training I experienced – and the wisdom I absorbed every day by the track – form the backbone of my running philosophy.
I also soaked up as much knowledge as I could by reading more running books than anybody needs to read
Seriously, this is my bookshelf.
Combined with my USATF certification and experience helping thousands of runners over the years, I have a strong idea of how runners should get faster.
And today, I want to talk more about my philosophy of running with you.
How I Think About Running
Two years ago, I was interviewed for an event called The Running Summit. I spoke about wide-ranging topics:
- How I started running
- My injury prevention philosophy
- The biggest areas of improvement for runners
- Strength training do’s and don’ts
- Warm-ups and cross-training
- My favorite aspects of coaching
- How running “scales”
- My favorite running authors
- The two principles of sound form you must remember
- Who benefits from getting a coach?
- How to build your mileage more safely than the 10% rule
- Why ‘Run Less, Run Faster’ fails as a training methodology
- and a lot more!
As you can see, we went DEEP on running and touched on nearly every important element of sound training.
Show Resources & Links:
- Injury prevention
- Run Faster by Brad Hudson
- Ready to Run by Dr. Kelly Starrett
- Strength Running’s training programs and coaching services
- Strength training for runners
Now a question for you: did you like having me interviewed for a change? If you enjoyed this format, it would be wonderful for you to leave an honest review on iTunes and let me know. I’ll try to do more of these!