Just don't take advice from those that have done nothing, or done it poorly, or repeatedly get injured, or make the same training mistakes over & over.
I hear and read so much bad advice being thrown around by runners who aren't experienced enough to be the "expert" they think they are. Some runners think that their training plan, nutrition and shoe choice is BEST for every runner. NOTHING is further from the truth.
A competent coach isn't an expert because of a certificate on the wall. Good coaching comes from years of experience coaching a variety of runners of all abilities. The "art of coaching" comes from a base of training knowledge & basic training plan templates coupled with the experience and anecdotal evidence of developing runners of all abilities.
Greg McMillan of McMillan Running, one of the top coaches around, sums it up well in "You (Only Faster)":
"When I started coaching I used published training plans, mostly from Arthur Lydiard, with my first athletes. Soon, I began to modify these plans based on what I was seeing in the athletes and my new athletes benefited from these experiences. I certainly have my overriding philosophy for each race distance but it's just more artistic in how I apply this philosophy to each athlete."
- Each runner is different. Cookie cutter plans are a good guide, but you must learn to identify which methods work best for you and adapt accordingly.
- If you keep getting injured, especially the SAME injury, you are doing it wrong! Repair the root cause of the injury. "Runners Are Dumb"
- Seek out experienced runners & coaches for training advice. "Experienced" doesn't necessarily mean fast. Experienced means someone who has been able to stay consistent and reach their own personal peak performance.
Coach Kevin is a 35+ year runner, an RRCA certified running coach & the National Coach for the St Jude Heroes & Team McGraw
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