Life in the Fast Lane Too many runners/racers stay in their comfort zone close to home racing the same people season after season with little to no improvement or simply because they are certain of making the podium either overall or in their age group.. Drop the gloves and put the hammer down~ No I am not referring to disregarding some essential piece of apparel during a Northeast winter.
Perhaps the late great Zatopek said it best ~ “Why should I practice running slow? I a
Life in the Fast Lane At the height of my running racing career I (very often with my training partners) would complete a once per week, six week cycle of hill repeats, completed during three separate phases throughout the training year. A total of eighteen weeks of hill repeats. To tell truth, in the beginning, I really didn't understand the concept, I just knew they brought pain ! It wasn't until running a hill repeat session with my good friend and training partner Jimmy C
Life in the Fast Lane~ Athletes, We are connected by a common bond of being competitive athletes. We share in the pain and the elation of “Daring to Fail”. “Declare your intent” to yourself and to those who take interest in what you are doing. If you pin a race number on, then do not make any preemptive excuses about this tweak or that tweak, this sprained ankle or that dodgy hamstring.......if they are issues, do not pin the number on! If you make the excuses when asked by
Life in the Fast Lane Often you will hear 'coach speak' about even splits (meaning running an even pace throughout a workout or race). This is great in theory and even works in certain instances if someone is looking to race to run a specific time on a manageable course in commensurate conditions. No argument from me here, no judgment and no issue....The reality for a racer is however,a very different reality....in racing, the essence of physiological superiority is the abili
Life in the Fast Lane It is understood almost without the spoken word that in sports such as golf or tennis for example that there is an essential need to work on one's technique...often referred to as 'working on your game'.. It has been my observation for as long as I can remember that this could not be further than the truth with little exception in our sport. A major exception being with sprinters and hurdlers who very much work on their technique yet in looking at the di