I’m running faster today than I was in the same races last year, when I was running higher mileage. I hope that trend will continue as I definitely seemed to have plateaued a bit last year so it is nice to see forward progress again. I’m filling my new-found time with other activities that could injure me as well.
Low-Mileage Running is a fantastic book, I have read it twice and refer back to it regularly, it’s clear and easy to understand. Aaron explains how you can get quicker with your running whilst training less. By listening to your body and focusing on key workouts during the week, I love it as I can now spend more time with my family and doing other things whilst still performing better with my running. I’m no elite runner by any stretch, but since following this approach, I’ve run sub 1.25 for a half marathon and am now aiming for a sub 1.20.
I have always wanted to run sub 1hr 20 minutes for a half marathon and always thought in order to do so, I’d have to up my mileage. If you ever Google running a sub 1hr 20 half marathon you will see people running between 50-70 miles a week, so I tried this, but when I did I found as I built my mileage I started to break down and get injured.
I’d highly recommend Aaron as a running coach, be prepared to open your mind to a new way, step away from the norm and common belief that more is better and embrace the less is more principle.