We've recruited Coach Mike to give you a road map on how to be a better runner. Some of you know Mike from one of the many race expos he works...
...but he's also the coach behind our Strava workouts! Answer a few quick questions below to find out how you can improve your running.
I’ve been running for most of my life. Starting in middle school, I never really stopped running. There have certainly been times in my life where I’ve run more, maybe even too much (if that’s a thing) and it occasionally takes a back seat when life gets a little bit hectic. Running has been one of the most consistent things in my life and I have to say that over many years, it has become enjoyable. And without sounding arrogant, it has also become quite easy. Which leads me to the point of this entire post. The question that I get asked most frequently by aspiring runners: “how do I become a better runner?” Every time I hear the question, I want to reply simply with “run more.” However, the answer is rarely that simple and I’ve attempted to provide an easy-to-follow road map to becoming a better runner below. This is far from perfect and is designed to push you in the right direction. If you answer honestly, hopefully you’ll leave with an idea of how you can become a "better" runner.
1) How many years have you been running?
a) Less than 1 year (Jump to number 5)
b) 1-3 years (Jump to number 2)
c) 3-6 years (Jump to number 2)
d) 7+ years (Jump to number 2)
2) How many times a week do you run?
a) 1-2 (Jump to number 7)
b) 3-4 (Jump to number 3)
c) 4-5 (Jump to number 3)
d) 6+ (Jump to number 3)
3) How far is your average weekly run?
a) 1-4 Miles (Jump to number 5)
b) 5-6 Miles (Jump to number 6)
c) 7-8 Miles (Jump to number 4)
d) 8+ Miles (Jump to number 4)
4) Why do you want to be a "better" runner?
a) To feel better about myself (jump to number 5)
b) To be able to run more easily (Jump to number 6)
c) To get faster (Jump to number 8)
5) Run more...smartly.
Increase the amount you run each week in 10% increments. You can increase 10% in time or in miles. Once a month, run 30% less for the week to reduce your risk of injury. Repeat.
6) Vary your pace and effort more frequently.
Make one of your weekly runs a harder/faster one. If you’re already doing this once, add a second one. The goal is to challenge yourself more often. Challenge leads to improvement.
7) Run one extra day per week.
Start with one extra day. Once your body adapts think about adding another. You’ll be amazed how much of a difference running more often makes.
8) Hire a coach.
You’ve reached the land of marginal gains. The faster you get, the harder it is to get faster. Find a coach who can help you reach your potential and work towards your specific goals. It’s nice to have some outside perspective breathe new life into your training.
I look forward to seeing you out there!
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