This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.
Should I do a 15 mile long run or a 16 mile long run this weekend?
Should I do 4 strides or 5 before my workout/race?
Should I be doing my easy days at 8:20 pace or 8:30 pace?
Should I be doing my easy days at a heart rate of 150 BPM or 155 BPM?
Are these questions you find yourself thinking about? If so, stop for a moment.
Before asking those questions, you should be asking yourself the big questions. Are you getting in a long run on most weeks? Are you running on as many days as you can and need to meet your goals?
I see so many runners sweat these little details while missing the big picture. You may see incremental improvements by taking care of these little details. However, you’ll improve by leaps and bounds if you start asking yourself the big questions.