Friday, May 28, 2010
I'll say this and I know I may get a lot of disagreement but I don't believe you can be a "recreational runner," that is, someone not completely dedicated to the activity, or to any physical activity. It requires dedication, commitment and practice, whether you run shod or unshod and injuries will occur but the goal is to avoid the really serious injuries. We all have constant pains here and there. We are impatient in each instance. I'll stop preaching :), but, again, I wonder how much better the running experience would be if beginners spent years only running short distances until they were very proficient at short distances, then starting increasing distance. I've improved in the last 4 months more than the last 2 years because I decided that if I can't run 1 block correctly, then I shouldn't run 1 mile, or 2 miles or a 5k, or 10k, or half or full marathon. Hence, I'm still only running 5ks and I won't even sign up for a 10k until I run at least 5-10 good 5k races. This isn't about pace/speed as that goal is relative to each individual but it's about running the shorter distances with good form and technique and finishing healthy and without injury then expanding.
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