These days, the hacker culture is all around us. How to do more with less. It sounds great, doesn’t it?
No surprise, the hacker culture has also made its way into the running world. From things that have been around for a long time, such as couch to marathon in 12 weeks, to people promising you can get as much aerobic conditioning in 10 minutes as you can in an hour long easy run.
Does the hacker culture really work with running, though?
The problem with the hacker culture is that it relies on shortcuts and quick fixes. These may work to some extent for tasks such as cleaning your home or keeping your garage organized.
When we’re talking about running, though, we are working with our biology.
Our biology doesn’t work with shortcuts and quick fixes. If you want to develop aerobically, you need to put in the time working out aerobically. If you want to build speed, you need to run fast, then give your body adequate time to recover and rebuild itself stronger.
The only way to shortcut these processes involve dangerous and illegal substances or procedures that I hope nobody here wants to even consider.
So please look past the hacker culture. For your own development, the best path forward may not be quick or easy. But I promise, if you are interested in what some hard work can accomplish, you will find it to be worthwhile.