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QT: To Become a Better Runner, Focus on Consistency

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So you want to become a better runner then?

Don’t we all.

One way to move the needle a bit, like we’ve already talked about recently, is to add a few more miles to your regular workload.

Another option that could help you take a big step forward with your running: focus on consistency. Read more

QT: To Become a Better Runner, Pump Up the Volume

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What do you need to do to become a better runner?

Are Runners Stupid?

Clearly, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question.

What you need to do to take the next step in your running journey is what you need to do.

The exact mix of things that you need to do, whatever it is, will be different from what I or any other runner needs to do.

But that doesn’t mean that there are a few common “ingredients” that are likely to be part of your unique “run better” formula.

Over the next few weeks, I will discuss three areas of your training that could be key to your next big PR. Read more

What

QT: Remember, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There


Where do you want to be with your running in five years?

What are you willing to change to help you get there?

Hmm

Consistency is Key

I talk about the importance of being consistent with your training a lot. And I 100% believe that if you train consistently over a long enough period of time, you will see some rather significant changes to your running.

There is a flip side to the consistency coin that, perhaps, I haven’t talked about enough in the past.

Sorry about that.

When it comes to consistency, regular training is important.

But a certain amount of variety within your consistency is necessary if you want to keep moving forward toward your larger goals.

What

Being Consistent Doesn’t Mean Doing the Same Thing All of the Time

To improve as a runner, you need to run regularly.

Hopefully that makes sense.

And when I say run regularly, I don’t mean a certain number of times per week. I mean running regularly week after week, month after month, and year after year.

But that doesn’t mean you should be doing the same workouts week after week, month after month, or year after year.

That’s where the variety comes into play.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Which brings me back to my original questions: where do you want to be as a runner in five years and what changes are you willing to make in order to be there?

Because here’s the thing, if you’re not willing to change anything in your training then five years from now you’ll be right where you are today and your goals will still be five years away.

Debbie Downer

Sorry, but it’s the truth.

What has gotten you to this point in your running career isn’t going to keep you moving forward in the pursuit of your goals.

It’s just not.

So here are four suggestions of things that you can do to spice up your training a bit and keep you moving forward.

Increase Volume or Intensity (or Both)

Our bodies are great at adapting to the demands that we place upon them.

If you want to continue to move towards you goals, you must continue to increase the demands you put on your body.

Add more miles, add some speed work, run some hills, and/or increase your pace targets during hard workouts to add a little extra stress to your workout and force you body to adapt accordingly.

Add Strength Training and the Little Things

One of the biggest disruptors to training consistently is suffering a running injury and winding up on the sidelines for weeks (or months) at a time.

Many runners believe that running injuries are simply inevitable, probably because so many runners do wind up injured each year.

Just because you’re a runner doesn’t mean you’re pre-destined to a serious of shin splints/plantar fasciitis/stress fracture/IT band injuries.

And while I wouldn’t make the claim that all of those injuries are 100% preventable, I would make the claim that running injuries can be prevented in most most cases.

How?

With regular strength training and consistently doing the little things to stay healthy that I talk about so often.

A Commitment to Cross Training

You know all of those things I just mentioned about strength training and the little things?

Most of them apply here as well.

Not only does cross training help with injury prevention, however, but it also helps build your cardiovascular fitness which can have rather obvious positive impacts on your running as well.

Work With a Coach

Can I be 100% honest for a minute?

Nothing I do as a coach is some deeply guarded trade secret.

And the same holds true for just about every running coach in the world.

Sure, we all have our little nuances but on the whole we aren’t going to tell you do anything dramatically different from what you’ll freely find available on my website or any of several hundred others around the inter webs.

So why would you consider spending your hard earned dollars on a coach?

Speaking for myself only, because I’m worth it. Why?

Having a coach means you no longer have to worry about what to do. You just have to do it.

And freeing up your bandwidth is one little change that can make a huge difference when all is said and done.

The Choice is Yours

Happy with where you are as a runner?

If so, that’s awesome! Keep on doing what you’re doing and keep enjoying the many benefits of running that you’re already experiencing.

But if you want more for yourself as a runner, you need to continue to push the boundaries (intellighetnely).

Because remember, what got you here won’t get you there, wherever there is for you…


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There, I said it.

Feel free to disagree, but if you do you’re wrong.

Wrong

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Keys to Improve as a Runner

4 Key Components to Improve as a Runner

When it comes to reaching new running goals, many runners think they need to be running more, running longer, or running faster. Or all of the above.

And if that’s your focus, I guarantee you are not maximizing your potential as a runner and are making it more difficult to achieve your goals.

Contrary to popular belief, becoming a better runner requires much more than just #running. Share on X

If you are serious about the desire to improve as a runner, and stay injury free at the same time, here are the 4 key components that need to be a part of any training plan that you will be following if you really want to  to improve as a runner.

Keys to Improve as a Runner

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