Running and the hacker culture

You can’t hack your way to success in running

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?

Not really.

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.

2 Replies to “Running and the hacker culture”

  1. Like a friend of mine say: in baseball you can randomly make a swing and hit a home run out of luck , in running you cant beat Eliud kipchoge even if its your lucky day, that is, you have to train hard to run fast, its not something that you show up on race day and run fast because of luck or Will. Good post as always!

    1. Thanks Cesar. I would argue baseball isn’t that different. A major league pitcher can make the average person look pretty silly. Sure, you could get lucky and make contact. You could even get extremely lucky and get a good hit. However, chances are much more likely that you would swing through 100 pitches without even coming close.

      Of course, Kipchoge if he wanted to could also make the average person look pretty silly, as in not being able to last 2 steps at the pace he does for 2+ hours.

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