If you’re a runner and haven’t heard that idiom yet, I’m guessing you’ve been running under a rock. Another variation has it that, “if you want to run faster, you have to run faster.” I’m completely on board with the second variation, but I’m finding that the first is questionable.
The standard beginner’s distance race training plan has a runner add on miles over a number of weeks in preparation for a race, and usually advocates an easy, comfortable pace. Some plans add miles each week, while others up the ante every other week, but generally speaking, they have you run steadily increasing miles in order to… well, run more miles.
I’ve been following plans like that for the better part of two years now… and I’m ready to shake things up. Because this runner’s body doesn’t seem to respond well to that approach.
After battling yet another painful and irritating round of overuse issues, this article caught my eye: