A Simple Plan for Stronger Running
by John Roesdahl
The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is look at my phone to see what’s going on with the world. My wife Karen and I have been married almost twenty years now, but even though we live in different places, we still keep in touch via email every so often. One day last year she asked me if I had any new ideas for how to improve our lives together. So I did some research and came across your website. You’ve got a great way of communicating with your readers and making them feel like they’re part of the team.
Your writing style is very easy to follow, which makes it easier for someone like myself who doesn’t write too much (or anything) all that well!
I was also interested in learning more about your approach to training. I’m not sure if you realize it, but most people don’t really train nearly as hard as you do. You seem to get better results than everyone else who trains the same amount of hours per week. That’s why I decided to start following your program and see just how far I could take myself!
After looking through your training guides, I decided to go through your Running Guide. I’ve always been a pretty quick runner even when I was in school, but as everyone knows, age is always catching up no matter what you do. Even the great Usain Bolt is getting older and not quite as fast anymore! I remember running a 4:40 mile in high school, and I still consider that to be one of my proudest achievements. Of course, it was when I was much younger and could train a whole lot more than I do now.
That’s why this challenge is perfect for me! Not only am I going to be able to improve on weaker areas like my strength (or should I say weakness), but also run faster than I ever have before. I love the idea that I can improve my overall endurance and speed at the same time. That’s one of the advantages of your training programs, and why they’re always so popular whenever you send out a new challenge to your readers.
Now I know you said this program is for people who are already reasonably fit, but I still want to get a good base before jumping right into it. I know you always say that consistency is the key to any training program, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’ve been sticking with the Beginner 5k program from your Running Guide and I’ve already noticed a huge improvement. My average mile time has dropped by almost 2 minutes just by running 3 times a week for an hour each time. And I can definitely feel a difference when running too.
I don’t get as tired anymore, and I don’t feel the same pain I did at first.
I also made a few changes to my diet to help with this training as well. Since I know you’re a big believer in healthy eating, I eliminated all junk food from my house and try to eat more wholesome foods. It’s not that I ever ate terribly before, but I would definitely say my diet is much healthier nowadays. I’ve actually lost a couple pounds since I started training. Of course, that might also be from cutting back on the amount of beer I drink each week too!
So as soon as I finish writing this email, I’m going to head out for my 3rd run this week. I’m really looking forward to seeing how far I can get in the next 6 weeks. Thanks again for all your advice and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
P.S. I’m going to need some new shoes soon, but I don’t know what kind to get.
Can you recommend anything?
In the meantime, Brett has been keeping me posted on his training sessions and his diet through emails. It’s interesting to see how someone can take something as simple as running and change their life for the better. I can’t say I’m too surprised though, as it seems running has had that effect on many people. It’s one of the reasons I started running in the first place, and why I started writing my own training programs.
I’ve also been giving him advice on what shoes he should get, and he ended up going with the Asics DS Trainer. He said it felt very comfortable when he went to the store to try them on. His next task is going to be building up to running a 5k without stopping. I told him once he gets to that point, we’ll start the actual 30-day 5k program.
I’m actually a little excited myself, as it’s been a while since I’ve had anyone else to share these programs with. It’s always me sending out these emails and getting the occasional ones back, but it’s a far cry from having a face to face conversation about them. I’ve even updated my email signature to include a little note at the bottom saying that I do offer these programs in person if anyone is interested.
Of course, this update isn’t without its risks. There’s always the chance someone could find some incriminating evidence and trace it back to me, or they could just do what most of the people who I’ve sent these emails to do, which is nothing at all. That’s the thing about the internet, you can be anyone you want to be and no one can prove whether or not that’s who you really are.
For now though, I’m just going to focus on helping people achieve their goals. Speaking of which, it looks like it’s about time for me to get ready for work.
Until next time…
Sources & references used in this article:
Running lean: iterate from plan A to a plan that works by A Maurya – 2012 – books.google.com
Running in place: Low-income students and the dynamics of higher education stratification by MN Bastedo, O Jaquette – Educational Evaluation and …, 2011 – journals.sagepub.com
How (not) to run auctions: The European 3G telecom auctions by P Klemperer – European Economic Review, 2002 – Elsevier