A coach I follow and greatly respect says there’s a big difference between a coach with 20 years of experience and a coach with 1 year of experience repeated 20 times.

I believe this also applies to runners.

But what does it mean and why does it matter?
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Why I (generally) assign effort based workouts

I drive the runners I coach crazy at times. Why? Well, I’m sure there are many reasons but one of the big reasons is because I assign workouts by effort. I don’t make it easy for them, saying something like mile repeats at 7:00 or half mile repeats at 2:50. Instead, I say mile repeats at 10K effort or even something more vague like slightly faster/harder than half marathon effort.

Why do I do this? Believe it or not, I’m not just trying to be difficult.
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It’s just one workout

If you don’t have an indoor track available, you may need to let a workout or two go in winter

This time of the year, many of us face challenges. Whether the issue is the weather, illness, stress outside of running, or whatever else, sometimes things don’t happen as we planned. A run gets missed. A long run day becomes an easy day. A workout simply doesn’t go as planned.

These things happen to all of us. I hope we are all trying to minimize these occurrrences but it’s almost inevitable that a whole training cycle is not going to go perfectly as planned. Continue reading “It’s just one workout”