Registrato: 16/11/17 03:17
|There’s always been a huge social aspect to running for me. I love parkrun – to me, why they are so successful is because they are a community. People want to meet up with their friends at parkrun, that’s what gets them out of bed when it’s raining or freezing cold. And I had brilliant training partners and I wanted to go and train with them. When we set foot on the start line, then yes, that was game time, this is business and we are super professional. But the rest of the time there was a lot of banter and fun. They are some of my best friends. These are the people that see you at your worst. And you know they are going through the same stuff so some days you want to turn up to help them, and other days you know they are going to be helping you.
Do you listen to music when you run? Yes. Not for what I’d consider my sessions, my intervals and never with other people. But those runs I had to do by myself, I’d often listen to a playlist or shuffle a thousand songs so I’d end up listening to some really weird stuff ... And also podcasts. Mainly music or radio though.
How about gadgets, or Strava? I never would have posted my training while I was competing, probably I was a little bit protective. But I used a Garmin selectively. I dislike monitoring all of my runs, because my coach would also coach by time. He’d tell me to go out for an hour run. And for those runs, the reasons I never monitor them is because my hour’s run was the same route every time. Sometimes it might take me 57 minutes, others 66 ... There was a big variation depending on how I felt.
But, the one tip I’d give, the thing that made the single biggest difference to my running was threshold running. Running at just below your lactate threshold. I’d religiously use a heart rate monitor for that, over the main bulk of my career. Then I’d have a similar set of data I could compare and see real progression.