Best wishes to everyone running TMM. Run smart!
Course and race visualization is a very strong technique that most successful runners use to excel at a race. Following are few tips which you should keep in mind while tackling TMM. Hope you find it useful. While reading them, visualize your race in your mind.
To all the runners who see this - we wish you a very happy new year 2018. Let this year bring you health and happiness through the sheer joy of Running.
As we say goodbye to 2017 - we are excited to welcome 2018!
In the new year, we are making room for some new and interesting programs....
For more details, please visit: http://runningpotential.com/training.html
Keep running wherever & whenever you can!
The perennial question that runners have - How do I get faster?
The answer actually has 3 parts (and we quote David Torrence):
1) The number one way to get faster is to increase your endurance....
2) The number one way to increase your endurance is to keep your training consistent.
3) And the number one way to keep your training consistent is to avoid injury.
Don't neglect the strength training, mobility and supplemental training. These seemingly lower priority items actually empower and allow you to go faster.
At Running Potential, our philosophy has always been to make the runners feel more in control of their training. Be it by making them more informed about training knowledge or by sharing our findings; and bouncing off ideas with them or just giving them just-enough liberty to take calls when their bodies tell them to.
Runners should understand why they are doing the workouts that they are doing and should ensure that they are getting maximum benefits out of it.
We often welc...ome suggestions from the runners to tweak their workouts - making it 'inversion of control' of sorts.
We are happy to see that one of the well-known elite coaches Steve Magness also advocates this - in his recently published article.
What kind of runner are you? Hardbound to/by your coaches or loosely coupled & liberated?
Running Potential has (quietly) completed 4th year today. Thank you all who wished and supported us throughout these four years. We understand that we do have a different way of working, so thank you for your understanding!
Here's wishing every runner the best of India running season 2017, leading up to the Mumbai Marathon in Jan '18.
Keep running and keep fit!...
-Team @ RP
A big thank you to Athletic Insights & Tritheos team for bringing out the video of the HR Training talk; for those who missed it.
A follow up on the Smart Heart training talk (and on HRV), here's a solid data backed post, straight from the creator of HRV4Training
Are you keeping easy workouts easy and hard workouts hard ?
'The Smart Heart - Training by HR' : Today's topic is jam packed with information. For people new to HRMs in general - you'd have lots of things to pick up. For those who already are HRM educated, there are at least a couple of new things that you've probably not thought about using your HRMs for. We'll go from the basics to advanced analytics.
To keep things in check, the talk will begin at 5:30 pm sharp at the IMA Hall, Tilak Road. You are requested to be seated before that.
If you, as a Runner, are still delaying/neglecting strength training - you will probably understand this analogy better:
If cardio is like paying off a credit card, strength training is like paying a mortgage. With the latter, you're building an asset over time. And it also consumes lesser time than the former.
Showcasing GarminIN's flagship Forerunner watch series, Anand Takale and Anand Hatwalne from Running Potential took our audience through the functionalities of ...the watch. They demonstrated with examples how to harness the data from the watch to train better and improve in your chosen athletic sport.
A picture is worth thousands of words. And knowledge is power.
Here's our attempt to cut through all the noise and arrange all the advice/discreet set of information that everyone reads/hears about when it comes to executing different running workouts and using techniques to improve your running. This will show you exactly what parameters you need to work on to achieve a certain body response/adaptation and corresponding action items. It becomes clearer that certain action items improve more than one physiological parameters.
-:Identifying your running strengths and weaknesses:-
Many people are confused about how they should go about their running improvement.
The simplest question to ask yourself is : whether I can run at my goal pace?
That's pure Speed. More than often; the answer is a resounding Yes....
Take for example, to be able to hit a half marathon mark in about 2 hours, one needs to be able to run at 5:40 ish minutes per kilometer.
Many people would be able to run that pace for a shorter distance; clearly indicating that Speed is not their problem.
What they should be focused on then is ability to hold that pace for a longer distance. That actually means, they should be focused on developing "Aerobic Capacity". In simple terms, more the aerobic capacity, the longer you will be able to run at your top speed. That means a lot of Aerobic(read: easy) running.
What also goes hand-in-hand is improving your Lactate Threshold. Tempo runs, Alternating Tempo Intervals - all help in improving your LT (as well as Aerobic Capacity). In fact, LT runs fall into the top-end of aerobic work.
Should you then not do the speedwork? Far from it.
Speedwork will not only improve your speed, but also help in improving form, cadence and improving neuromuscular fitness. Speedwork will actually make your race/goal pace feel easy. More scientifically speaking, it improves your running economy (how well your body is utilizing the amount of oxygen). So once you are able to run faster than your goal pace, you do not need to go overboard with speedwork, but should instead focus on improving your Aerobic Capacity and Lactate Threshold. Improving these two factors will take your running potential to the next level. Guaranteed.