It's also interesting to pick up on the subtle tones of judgment that sometimes rears it's ugly ahead within our tribe ...
Being someone who believes in and practices polarized training (keeping the majority stuff easy, the hard stuff hard and avoiding the 'mushy middle') I spend a lot of time getting in low-intensity jogs. I'll tell you that it's real battle with the ego when you see other runners sweep past you while you're just thumping it out mile after mile, but I've long felt that the need for an easy run is usually a good indicator that I've really taxed my body well on the hard runs. If I feel like I've got a ton more in my legs on my easy days that's a possible flag on the field telling me that I didn't give it my best on the hard workout days.
Anyway, just this week I've read two articles regarding two highly regarded and respected world-class runners - my hero Yuki Kawauchi and the recently-departed legend and multi-age group WR holder Ed Whitlock - and how they both found great value in slow-paced jogging. I thought that both of these articles were worth sharing, so you can find them here:
- Part 1 of a three-part article written by Yuki Kawauchi including comments on "distance jogging"
- A fantastic tribute to Ed Whitlock highlighting his preference for long slow runs
And that jogger or runner - whatever the difference - we all belong.