Having a skilled coach is a luxury with a lot of benefits. When you have someone crafting a program just for you, one that plays to your strengths while still working on your weaknesses, and provides just enough workload and recovery, it can help you reach a level of performance you never thought possible.
It’s no secret that I think speed work for distance runners is critical to an runner’s training plan. There are so many benefits — increased pace and endurance, improved anaerobic threshold, feeling like you have more “gears” or speeds to play with.
For time-strapped athletes getting a workout done bright and early is sometimes the only way to get one in. Morning workouts aren’t the easiest for everyone but they’re often a great alternative to skipping the workout altogether.
Running form is something that really intrigues me because of my background as a PT.
As a physical therapist, you begin your training in formal PT school and on nearly the first day (at least at my university, and I’m sure this was the case elsewhere) instruction began on gait training and assessing how people walk / move.