I’m working on a book about running faster, while running less. Below is an excerpt. Here is a link to the full blog post and my new website devoted to the topic at lowmileagerunning.com.
Running Less, Running Faster
“Since the first running boom of the 1970s, an increasing number of runners have begun to believe that the more they train, the more successful they will be. In fact, there is a limit to the amount of training the body can benefit from.” – Tim Noakes, Lore of Running (p. 291)
Is it possible to get faster while running less?
In the spring of 2011, I put the idea to the test by running very few miles, 20-25 miles per week, and focused on running fast high intensity workouts 1-2 times per week.
“I could not figure out what I needed, but I was confident that my body would know, in the same way that any other wild animal’s body knows. Each animal has its own unique evolved diet. It is easy to overlook some detail when you’re trying to play God. I would rely on my appetite. And the more I ran, the more I craved greasy pork chops.”
I love this quote from Bernd Heinrich’s book, Why We Run. Heinrich wrote this about his eating as he was training to set the 100k world record at age 41, which he did end up setting.
As runners, we become obsessed with what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. Why not simply listen to our bodies like other animals?
If you’re eating whole foods this sounds like wise advice.
Check out Salomon TV’s Video on Heinrich, he’s an interesting guy.
“Ideally, I’d like to be a bird, but running is a close second.”
I talk with author, podcaster, and athlete, Rich Roll about performing well on an all plant diet. Rich gave up drugs and alcohol while at the same time adopting a radical vegan eating strategy to fuel his desire to perform well in ultra-endurance sport. We talk about how to start eating healthy, eating healthily when busy, and how to turn your life around from drugs and alcohol.