“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to become a good measure.” – Goodhart’s Law
This concept, largely discussed in the world of economics, applies quite well to running and fitness in general.Continue reading “Goodhart’s Law and the runner”
You’re at mile 5 of a 10K. You’re close to PR pace but a little short. You could go for it and try to get the PR but you’re not sure if you can maintain the effort needed.
What do you do?Continue reading “Don’t be afraid of failure”
I was recently asked why the workouts I assign are so easy. While most runners who have been with me for some time know that not all workouts I assign are easy, there’s a very important reason why I prefer workouts to be easier than some others do.Continue reading ““See God” workouts and why I (mostly) don’t like them”
You picked the wrong sport.
Because there was no last Thursday of the month blog post last month, there will be none this month, and I’m incredibly busy at the moment, I’m going to slip a recap in here. There’s a lot I’ve been reading. Here’s some of it.
One note: I mentioned I’m going to slip more than just sports science links into these posts going forward. I’m going to feature something that is not sports science this month.Continue reading “What to do after a breakthrough?”
No, this isn’t a “Why do you run?” post. I know as well as you how difficult it is to answer that question. What I would like to ask is how you prioritize your running goals.
Why do I want to ask this question? Because I got myself in trouble recently when I tried to have it all. I hurt myself simply because I was unwilling to give in on anything.Continue reading “What are you running for?”
When you’re looking to improve, where should you go first?
Given my training history, which I’ve shared very publicly over the years, you might think I’d say do more.
If you did, though, you’d be wrong. I did more, a lot more at times, but not until I focused on doing things “better”.Continue reading “Before doing more, do it better”
Do you remember when you first started running? You could do no wrong. You got better no matter what you did, even if you know now that it wasn’t very sound training.
Now, if you’re an experienced runner, every bit of improvement takes a monumental effort.Continue reading “The clean slate phenomenon”
Back in the 1990s, a lot of runners talked about running at VO2max pace or lactate threshold pace or some other specific pace. We were told that you needed to run at that specific pace in order to get the best benefit from a workout. If you ran between these magical paces, you were putting in extra effort for no added benefit.
How right were we about those things, though?Continue reading “There are no magic paces (or black holes)”
A couple of weeks ago, I ran my first half marathon in 14 years.
Why did I go 14 years without running a half marathon? After the race, I was thinking out loud about that while talking with some people and I think I came upon the most likely reason: I’m having trouble adjusting to getting slower.
Take a lesson from me: when your PRs are in the past, don’t do what I did. As hard as it is, accept that and keep challenging yourself.Continue reading “Are your PRs in the past?”