What advice would you give to a high school runner that they have never heard before?
The other week we did a Q&A at Colorado Running Company. This is a question that stumped us. Any advice we have you’ve probably heard. But I’m thinking maybe that’s the point. Success in training is not going to be about some new secret knowledge. Once you start looking, you could be bombarded with tips and tricks for the rest of your life. The advice business is a good one.
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The key is learning how to digest and combine that knowledge. Who do you trust for you inner team? What is the plan for checking new sources? At what point do you decide you have enough information, and it’s time to put it to the test? How do you account for feedback and some continued learning? Under what circumstances do you change your system?
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Answers to these questions change depending on your timing, goals, and priorities. Are you looking to try out different models of training, or is it time to pick one and work toward improvement in that lane? Is something basic enough that consistency starting NOW is better than the stress and delay that comes with trying to optimize? (Hint: I think for most people, a lot of running falls in this category)
The good news: running is probably one of the most low risk arenas in which to hone research, decision and execution skills. Even if you don’t hit the time goal, you will have improved in those aspects. And you can bring that competence into the rest of the information onslaught that is our world. God speed :)
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Photo from @cortneywhite_ again!!