Learning how to restrain your run

By Skip

Restrain your run?  You are probably asking yourself right now “What the heck is he talking about?”  Most people, including myself when I first started running, think that every workout that you do needs to go longer and faster than the previous workout.  If you go out and have a slower day you have failed…… wrong!

Of all the research I have done this past year (and it has been a LOT… trust me!) I have learned that “mixing it up” is one of the best approaches to becoming a faster you.  This not only applies for running but for biking and swimming as well.  What do I mean by mixing it up?  Vary your workouts with distance, speed intervals, slower recovery runs, fartleks, etc. 

Get on a training plan that includes all of the above.  However, choose a training plan within your ability… not what you WISH your ability is.  It is very important to remain honest with yourself when choosing a plan.  If you take on too much you are either going to injure yourself or fail…. which is worse?

Having said all of that, restraint is still an area I must practice.  Today I was suppose to do a 40 minute recovery run.  That just means getting out there, putting on some simple miles but keeping the pace real slow.  So what do I do?  I go out there and almost double the time I was suppose to and I ran it at a healthy clip.  Sure I felt great and my legs feel good todaybut what is going to happen tomorrow when I am out there trying to get my speed drills in?  Either I will be in pain then OR I will not be as effective as I would have been and I can consider it a wasted workout.  Those speed drills are extremely valuable  so I don’t want to screw any of them up.

What it really comes down to is this… I need to read what I write and follow my own advice!  Simple as that.

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