It’s important to acknowledge that there are many approaches to improving running efficiency and resilience. While there are some tried-and-true methods out there, we do understand – and accept – that every athlete is unique. Every athlete is starting from a different spot. And every athlete has different goals.
But that then begs the questions of where to begin?
Based on our personal experiences and professional studies, we think it’s best to start with some basic components. Let’s call them tools.
It’s easier to learn when you’re first properly outfitted with the right equipment and accessories – mental or otherwise. Plus, this way, you’ll also get a feel for why certain approaches matter before you dive into them, including the more complex training exercises.
Collectively, these tools form your toolkit.
To begin, the goal is for you to understand what these tools are for, why they matter, and how to approach using them. This knowledge is essential for what comes next…
Using the tools as part of your training routine.
Throughout this site, we provide specific exercises and training activities that blend multiple tools together.
You’ll learn how to build off Section I in order to turn up your training’s overall effectiveness.
Going forward, we recommend finding ways to work some of these activities into your training routine. Just like with any other worthwhile craft, mastery of the tools in your new and improved running toolkit will take time. Yet you should get huge benefits quickly just by focusing on specific tools and applications.
So that’s precisely what we recommend: trying to make progress on a few of these tools at a time. Otherwise, when it comes to achieving worthwhile results, focusing on everything all at once isn’t much better than focusing on nothing at all.
Try to find what you believe will have the biggest impact on your personal running. Then practice it consistently and purposefully. After a while, the skills and techniques will become habits that are physically programmed into your body.
After that, you can revisit the toolkit from time to time to focus on new things or dig deeper into the tools you’ve already worked on. And don’t forget to take the time to evaluate your progress as you do.
What is working? What isn’t working? Why and why not?
Again, the more you know, the more effective your running career will be.
You can download a complete ebook on this topic here.