Old You: Chips away at the same PBs
New You: Expands your horizons
If you’ve been chasing the same PB over the same distance for a few years, then it might be time to take a step back and get some breathing space. Why not try a new distance or new terrain - we’ve even put together a calendar of our ideal racing year – and it’s packed with variety.
“By broadening your range of events you’re less likely to get injured, will have more fun and you’re more likely to keep improving as you add new types of training. A good example is cross-country running through the winter for middle or long distance runners,” says Ralph.
If you do want to keep focusing on familiar PBs in 2012, then it might be worth tweaking your training if you’ve hit a plateau. Look at your average week to see if you’ve included the key sessions focusing on strength, speed and endurance. Ticking off all these elements will help you to keep improving.
Even if you do take on a new challenge, that’s no reason to let your competitive juices dry up. Katherine Switzer acknowledges that her PBs are far behind her, but she’s still gunning to the finish every time she laces up her shoes: “I take joy in every step and I’m grateful for them, but I will make dead meat of you if you have grey hair and you try to beat me in the final straight.”
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