Yes….. It is important As a coach I am always learning and researching better ways to guide my athletes to improved performance and more comfortable running and one of the facets I use is form conditioning. I don’t simply use form training to fix obvious visual issues but actually to fix the unseen imbalances that escape the untrained eye.
A Marathon Question Are my long runs long enough, isn’t my mileage too low? How’s this speed stuff going to help me? These questions are often asked by my marathon and ultra marathon athletes. I decided to write this article because in the marathon and ultra marathon seasons I have these questions coming up often, so here goes! Let’s start with Quantity.
After the article I wrote on Warm-up / Activation and explaining why is so important and also so misunderstood, I decided to write this article on cool down as this is just as important and unfortunately also just as misunderstood.
Transforming the traditional warm-up As a coach I am always asked whether a warm-up is actually necessary, for all sorts of reasons. Allow me to clear up the following misconceptions:
Asked? I’ve been running for 7 months now mainly running 5 and 10km races. I would like to achieve sub 20min for 5kms. I’m stuck on 23.30 minutes and don’t seem to be moving forward. What can I do? Answered You seem to have hit a plateau, possibly you have been doing the same training over and over. If your body gets used to the training that you are doing then it will stop adapting and progress no further. There are a few things that may help you to get…
Asked? How do you pace for a race? I’m doing my 1st 21km soon and have no idea how to approach it coming from a long run. I am so scared that I’ll hit a wall at the end (even on a 10km), and then find myself finishing a race with some fuel in the tank still. How to I switch from long run mode to race mode without tanking at the end?
Asked? A lot has been written about nutrition for especially long distance runners. And every person/runner/athlete has an individual idea/plan for themselves. I find it difficult to work out what would work for me. I am preparing for a marathon, but I don’t often run further than 21 to 25 kms (I run 21/25 say 3 times per month). So when I run 33/35 I don’t know when and how much to eat/drink (before and during the training.) At approximately 25 kms I am totally “flat” – no energy, can…