If you do any athletic activity, where performance is the most important thing, you need to train intelligently. In this podcast, I talk about one technique that is not often used, but can greatly improve your athleticism.
How To Become A Better Runner
Core Balance Podcast Episode 141
What do you think your body would look and feel like if you continued to move like you did when you were a kid? Before fitness became about treadmills and calories? There is a better way. And now you’ve found it. Welcome to the Core Balance Podcast, with your host Chris Janke-Bueno.
Hello and welcome to you today. I’m so glad you made it here today to the Core balance Podcast. I’m really happy to be here as well. I’m really passionate about this particular subject. This is one aspect of fitness, specifically sports. I think this will be valuable if you are a runner, weightlifter, or if you do any athletic activity where your performance is the most important thing.
There are three main categories, or reasons for pursuing any fitness endeavor. Performance, feeling better, looking better. Today we’re going to talk about that performance aspect. If you want to be a better runner, you want to be a stronger weight lifter, or you want to do anything else that requires that you get better at performing.
I thought of this the other day because I was watching somebody run on the sidewalk as I was waiting in my car at a red light. I was watching this poor guy run, and he was exhausted. His form was out the window. Has this ever happened to you? You’re maybe running a marathon or triathlon, and you’ve hit a wall. You look terrible, right? I was a cross-country runner in high school, and every single race I hit the wall. You start the race, your form looks great, like a gazelle in the Savanna. By the time you’re done it’s like “what happened to that guy.” That was everyone, we’re just pushing so hard.
In a race, or an event that is measuring the culmination of all your training, you push through it. You let yourself have this bad form. But in practice, you never want to do that. So here’s how I would train if I was training for any type of distance race, or if I just wanted to become a better runner.
Instead of saying “ok, today we’re going to run 6 miles, tomorrow 5, then the next day…” and you had to finish the protocol. It wasn’t an option. The issue with that is that I, along with a lot of my teammates, got injured because we weren’t actually listening to what the body wants to do. Now, I do predominately weight lifting and Core Balance, so I listen to the body first, I see what the body can do and I use that as my barometer. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense if your body only had three good miles in it, but you run for five. You know those last 2 miles will suffer.
What the program would like, and what I would do now if I was training for a marathon, is I would say “I’m going to run as far as I can with perfect form.” And as soon as my form breaks I would rest. Then I would resume, and I would again run as far as I can with good form. And I would also run at race pace. No slow jog, go at a race pace for as far as you can with good form. Then I would record how far that was. The next day, or maybe even two days later, I would do that same course again. I would run as far as I could again with perfect form. Then again, I would record myself. I would do that for a month or so, and after a month I would see how far I was getting compared to how long my race is. If my race is only a 5k (about 3 miles), I would gradually work my way up until I can keep my race pace for those three miles.
That’s also how I approach weights. I don’t go in with an expectation, an arbitrary measurement. I usually go in and do some reps at about the weight I did last time. I see how many I can get. If I do, say, 20, my body is telling me that it can probably do more weight. On the other hand if it’s a struggle to do 5, I’m not going any heavier. So I would encourage you, if you are training for a distance event, treat distance like you would weights. It’s all about form, and sustaining that form for as long as you possibly can.
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You’ve been listening to the Core Balance Podcast. I’m your host Chris Janke-Bueno. We’ll talk again next time. Until then, let’s be fit, lets’ be healthy, let’s be happy. It feels good to move, so keep moving.
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