"Never look back" Every race that I got so caught up in the pack I was in that I never kept track of what was happening behind me I got surprised.
Don't run so many miles. I was just venturing beyond 50 at the time.
You shouldn't run so much. We're all born with a specific number of heart beats and the more you run the faster you'll use them up.
As for workouts:
Not me but an 800 runner in college had to run 20 x 400 with a 400 jog - in spikes.
My son's high school coach, on explaining the days workout, "If you can run this we'll qualify for State Meet!" 4 x mile with 90 seconds rest: Run the first at current shape for 5k pace, the second at goal 5k pace, descend 20 seconds for the 3rd, and hold for the 4th. After they all dropped out midway through the 3rd rep they were all depressed that they weren't going to State.
I had a successful 20 year running career. Then in 2011, this advice:
"You should try a marathon."
I've since been injured and unable to run.
Get out fast in a 5k to bank time.
Quality beats quantity.
Long slow training produces long slow racing.
Keep it on the 'Crete.
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Before my first marathon a lady told our beginner training group that if we waited until we were thirsty to hydrate, then it was too late. Said, we should drink something at every aid station. Probably a miracle no one died of hyponatremia that race.
I've always wondered who told Lance Armstrong to eat a Gu gel every mile in his marathon.
That’s actually the good advice, I mean not like a 500ml each time but a mouthful is what you should be doing as you will end up dehydrated from a marathon anyway, waiting until thirsty you are already dehydrated and your heart will be work harder than it needs to be
"New spikes don't need breaking in, you just have to go barefoot the first time"
Probably my high school coach telling us all to go out in the 5k with someone faster than us and to hold on, and also telling us: "If anyone passes you after 1.5 miles, you're not trying hard enough".
I was probably in 19:20 shape in some races, but would have horrendous mile splits of 6/7/8 and end up in the 21s. Didn't get better until I started trying to hit more even splits.
Even had some guys on the team go out in 5:20 and then slow down so much, they only ran 19:50 or so.
anything 'coach' jan svensen says.
"Go run one"
Lactic Acid destroys capillaries (given as a reason to run slow all the time)
Yeah and slow running destroys muscles through the gradual lactic acid accumulation effect. So what's your point?
On the flip side my older teamates told me "don't go out too hard" when I was a young runner in the 5k who had only run the 800m before. I stuck way in the back and had no one to run with and also ran 21
Every winter someone will admonish me that running in the cold will freeze my lungs.
I'm the only runner in my family. Every time I go home, without fail, I'll get at least 2 of the following:
-"You're gonna ruin your joints" (Been running for 12 years with the only injury being in my Achilles tendon)
-"Running that much is gonna weaken your immune system and you'll be sick all the time" (Haven't been sick since 2016)
-"All those miles are gonna make you a turtle!" (Wanna check the average mile from my last marathon and compare it to your PR?)
-"You need to static stretch before you go out there" (Dynamic stretching FTW)
-"You should try these shoes" (Shows me their Ultraboosts or Allbirds)
-"You're gonna get run over" (...........They actually might have a point there)
"Rest up on the weekends"
I thought this was good advice
Always stretch before a run. Started running in the early 80s when everyone thought that you had to stretch all the time. Some of my worst injuries were from stretching.
Breath in through your nose and out with your mouth. The coach must have thought we were meditating rather than racing 800m.
I was told my best distance should be 400m
My best for 200m was 27 and in open 400m races my best was 59. At the time I had done 15:54 for 5km, I worked a lot on my sprint finish and people mistakenly thought I was fast when that was actually all I had.
Another was a lot of people back in the 80's were pushing the quality not quantity and saying how well they ran off 30 mpw.
The quality vs. quantity thing was unfortunately huge as I moved from HS to College. As I found out you can't reach your potential at 10,000/10M on 50m/week. Sadly no going back.
My high school track coach Pat McMahon told me I should run the 2-mile at the spring Dual County League Championship in 1974, because "You could beat Salazar, easy."
Fortunately Pat was my winter coach, not my spring coach!
I ran the mile as scheduled. I was seeded fourth, I fought hard to get 2nd. Of course Al won the 2-mile. He was a soph, but he was, uh, pretty good.