One aspect of your running which can quite readily be quickly and vastly improved is downhill running.
If you wish to improve your running performance, it is vital to carry out some fast work in training. There is often some confusion about the meaning of the terminology used by distance runners and coaches when describing types of training involving fast work.
In order to maximise the benefit you get from training it is vital to plan ahead.
The English coach Frank Horwill has been coaching endurance athletes for some 45 years. His best known protegee was Tim Hutchings who finished second in the World Cross Country Championships.
We are able to move because of the action of skeletal muscle in our bodies.
1. Plan your training using the '6 week planner' in order to ensure frequency and balance of workouts. (See Mel's Monthly training tips on the Running The Highlands website)
The speed reserve test is a useful tool. It indicates how well you can maintain a pace that is significantly faster than your 10k race pace.
In the late 1950’s and in the 1960’s the legendary New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard espoused his training principles, as a result of his experiments on himself as a highly competent distance runner.
Runners with a busy working and home life schedule often find it challenging to fit in sufficient sessions in a week to meet their fitness or competitive aims.
Some research has been carried out on this topic and it has been found that with regard to short, high intensity efforts the afternoon is the preferred time of day to attain optimal performance.