Success takes time, patience, and knowing the steps it takes to get there
It’s about consistency and progressive training. Skipping steps to rush a process never really works in the long term.
Form is a must!
Improving your structure, posture, coordination, core strength, side-to-side balance, and body sensing skills are all critical to understanding the changes you need to make with your form.
Your training plan needs to be compatible with the level of your form.
Your training plan should be congruent with your form; your form is what makes you capable of training more. Moving the two forward at the same rate is critical to staying injury free.You want to be able to train at as high a level as you can in order to reach your goals, but if you don’t have the foundation in form, that’s when injuries happen. (It’s also when people say “you’re overtraining.”) What does overtraining really mean? There is straight-out overtraining where people aren’t conducting their training in a wise and balanced manner. But there is a more common kind of overtraining: when your form issues are negatively impacting the level of training that you could optimally — and safely — perform.
Take care of the little things and follow instructions.
Ask questions to deepen your understanding of what’s important. I often can’t explain all the reasons why I might tell you to do something. Listen to your coach and make sure your coach is listening to you. Be honest with feedback to me. I need to know how you feel in order to adjust your training on any level. A good coach does not have injured athletes! It’s important to pay close attention to all aspects of your training and your lifestyle. The higher the level of training, the more important everything is.
Strive for balance with your training and your lifestyle.
Live in a way that your running promotes your life, and your life promotes your running. Diet, how much sleep you get, how you conduct your day, your levels of stress, your family life, your support systems… these lifestyle issues are very important in terms of being able to keep a consistent training regimen.You can’t be balanced when you’re struggling to fit things in and running around. Training and racing in relationship to what’s going on in your life is really important, as is scheduling peak training times so that they aren’t around major landmarks in your life (such as traveling, trials if you’re a lawyer, having babies, weddings, work related deadlines, etc.). You want to have the resources you need available to you in the most important time of your training.