Updated: Mar 29, 2022
Over the past few weeks, I have been seeing many runners and endurance athletes across the spectrum wishing to improve their overall performance. Running or exercising with intention has everything to do with having a purpose; you want to ensure you are exercising with the goal of getting the most out of your workout. For example, you should strive for the intention to go "X" distance before taking a rest or going "X" number of pick-ups during my run in order to hit "Y" pace.
Understanding the purpose of every workout and the variability applied will not only keep things interesting but will continue to allow you to move steadily towards your desired result. And, as always, when doing your workouts, you want to ensure you are having some level of fun! (Otherwise, why would you want to do it??? - other than the cookies and the shiny metal given at the end of races).
Every run, whether a leisurely, slow recovery run or a fast, intense race-specific workout, should have a purpose. If it is to just have fun every now and then with some teammates, then so be it. That is still a purpose!
Many clients have asked me for advice on techniques to improve their running form. As an endurance athlete, I constantly ask myself this question as well. Lately, I have been making more of a conscious effort to enhance the efficiency of my own form as I look to get back into competing. Regardless of how good you get, there is always something you can improve upon.
Over the years, my personal running style has evolved, allowing me to run with greater efficiency and power. This is something I suggest for all my clients to implement as well. During the off-season, I encourage them to take the time to get to the deep root cause of why they did not perform as well as they had hoped (in additional to examining all of the AMAZING things they accomplished).
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