One Simple Trick To Help You Avoid Fatigue As A High Mileage Runner

How to run properly

Running is a fantastic hobby and way to keep fit and healthy.

It is incredibly social and because of its flexibility, you can have an incredible amount of fun.

But many social runners will be quick to point out that it can get tough. The early mornings before work or late evenings after work can pose massive challenges.

For runners looking to graduate from social to 10km or even half-marathon events, the going gets even tougher.

Then, there’s the crazy bunch like myself: high mileage runners. These are runners who run marathons (42.2km) and ultra-marathons (50km and above).

For them, the challenges are often unimaginable.

Having run marathons and ultra-marathons for over 5 years, I can tell you with certainty that one of the biggest challenges that high mileage runners face is fatigue – mental and physical.

In this post I want to give you one simple trick that will help you avoid fatigue as a high mileage runner.

Manage your speed well

One of the biggest causes of fatigue is running all your runs (training or races) hard.

Whilst it feels awesome to get fitter and quicker as a runner, you need to develop the discipline to incorporate “easy runs” into your running cadence.

As you can see from the screenshots below, from 4th Jan to 9th of February, I ran 25 times, clocking a total of 401kms. Yep, I know that’s crazy!

How to run properly

How To Run Properly

Importantly, I want you to notice the breakdown of the different average speeds:

  • 4:30 – 5:00 mins per km (4 runs)
  • 5:00 – 5:30 mins per km (6 runs)
  • 5:30 – 6:00 mins per km (10 runs)
  • 6:00 – 6:30 mins per km (3 runs)
  • 7:00 – 7:30 mins per km (2 runs)

Quite clearly from the above only 16% of my runs are run at a quick pace or hard effort.

Although I am comfortable 5 mins per km runner, I seldom run at that pace.

High mileage running requires a lot of effort and consistency. However, the fitter and quicker you get, the smarter you need to become as a runner. Smart running requires you to run a lot of your runs at a very comfortable pace.

Managing you pace is vital. It’s a simple, yet very important fundamental that I’ve stuck to.

I hope this short post will help you manage your running that much better and avoid mental and physical fatigue.

God Bless!

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