Big picture or small details?

Both the big picture AND the small details matter for successful running

What matters more, the big picture or the small details?

This is something I see people discussing all the time and many people are quick to take a side.

The big picture is more important because, without it, how do you know wherer the details are taking you and how to put them together?

The small details are more important because, without them, how do you even assemble the big picture?

The truth? This is a false dichotomy. Both matter equally for the reasons expressed above.

Without the big picture, you don’t have the overall vision to assemble the details in a productive manner. You end up with a cluttered, disorganized mess of details that just don’t fit together. In a training plan, this means you end up with a vague schedule filled with workouts and training sessions that don’t work together to produce the best result.

Without the small details, you end up with a great vision of where you want to get but no detailed guidance of how to get there. In a training plan, this means you end up with a general guideline of what you want to do but no day by day plans to get there. You end up not having the details of how to get from where you currently are to where you want to be.

Instead, have both. First, develop the big picture. Where do you want to be this fall, next year, 5 years from now? What is the general plan to get there? Once you get the broad strokes down, work out the details of how you will tackle the coming weeks and months to lead you into your fall goal and set yourself up as well as possible for those more long term goals.

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