Training Tips for the Time Crunched Athlete.

  • More is not necessarily better...you'll get more out of shorter workouts with targeted intensities than slogging through a lot of miles at the same pace.
  • The older you get the more polarized your training should be. What does that mean? It means that you should go easy on your easy days and hard on your hard days.  This includes most masters athletes.
  • Let  rest and nutrition be your secret weapons.  If you are not fueling yourself properly, or getting enough rest, then you are not getting the most out of your workouts.  
  • Make sure to maintain balance between training and the rest of your life.  Training should be fun, and knowing that your family resents the hours you put into training is the fastest way to take the fun out of it.
  • Consistency is the key to getting faster.  There is a lot that goes into being consistent. Injuries are, however, one of the biggest reasons that people lose consistency.  Adding strength and mobility work into your training is one of the best ways to keep you injury free and off the sidelines. Click here to see how running coach Jay Johnson keeps his busy athletes injury free.
  • Train like you are going to race.  Try out new equipment and clothes during your training to make sure they will work for you on race day. Practice your race day nutrition during training. There are so many things you can not control on race day. Make sure you control what you can.