Session 2: How you might structure your running plan

How to think about when to run hard and when to take it easy

Hello everyone!

On my blog this week, I wrote about the 3 pillars of running: the purpose, the effect and the path.

There are SO many strategies to performing well on race day - sometimes running all easy miles is going to get you to the start line healthy and happy (Hello Atlanta!) and sometimes, we’ve got to dig deep during repeat 400s before we feel ready.

Regardless of what approach we use to train for an event, it’s important to think about why it is we’re doing what we’re doing. In my blog post, I go into details about each of the three pillars:

Purpose - what’s this run going to do for me today? How will it improve my overall fitness level?

Effect - how long will it take for me to recover from this effort before I can go at it again? If it’s a really long or hard workout, it might be 3 or more days! Knowing your body will help you decide if you’re ready or if you need another day.

Path - is what you’re doing bridging the gap between where you currently are and what your end goal is? If your end goal is your big race, is running a slew of races helping you (it might be, but it also might not be)?

At the end of the day, if what you are doing for training is working for you - stick with it until it doesn’t work anymore.

Big Events this Weekend:

Happy Mother’s Day! If you have a Mother Runner in your life and haven’t gotten them anything yet, you might like this article a blogging friend wrote.

What’s Got My Attention:

NJ native runners who have broken 4 minutes in the mile

I’ll Probably Never Stop Shaking Or Run Alone Again.” - Kara Goucher’s encounter with a mountain lion.

Pro runner, Gabe Grunewald, battles cancer

Quote of the Day:

“However ordinary each of us may seem, we are all in some way special, and can do things that are extraordinary, perhaps until then…even thought impossible.” - Sir Roger Bannister

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