Running Tips

It’s always good to get ideas from experienced runners and coaches. I will be posting some of their views over the coming weeks. Here’s eight for starters:

1.Good Health “Running 8 to 15 miles per week significantly increases your aerobic capacity, and positively effects many of the coronary risk factors.” —Dr. Kenneth Cooper, aerobics pioneer

2.Minutes over Miles “The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments—1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles.” —Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach

3.Something’s Better than Nothing “If 15 minutes is all the time I have, I still run. Fifteen minutes of running is better than not running at all.” —Dr. Duncan Macdonald, former U.S. record holder at 5000 (set when he was in medical school)

4.Body Talk “You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance, but not through pain.” —Dr. George Sheehan

5.They all Count “So-called ‘junk miles’—those slow miles done on easy days or during warmups—do count. They burn calories as effectively as fast miles; it just takes longer. Regardless of pace, each mile you run burns about 100 calories.” —Hal Higdon, runner/writer/coach

6.Trial and Error “You find out by trial and error what the optimum level of training is. If I found I was training too hard, I would drop back for a day or so. I didn’t run for 5 days before the sub-4.” —Sir Roger Bannister, first man to break 4 minutes for the mile in 1954

7.Building by Numbers “If you put down a good solid foundation, you can then build one room after another and pretty soon you have a house. After your base mileage, add hills, pace work, speedwork, and finally race strategy.” —Rod Dixon, New Zealand Olympian and 1983 New York City Marathon champ

8.Quality Control “If you run 30 miles a week, then about 7 of those—or approximately one-quarter—should be quality miles. Quality miles will boost your aerobic capacity.” —Owen Anderson, Ph.D., running writer

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