I am not a Kenyan, in case my race times had you confused… Just wanted to clear that out up-front! 😉 I finished reading Toby Tanser’s More Fire, and I learned a lot of stuff that is, hum, what is the word…. ground breaking!
Their Running is pretty much the OPPOSITE of all we do around here. You’ll have to read it and figure out why and what works for you but some shattering concepts I was stuck with include:
– Their Easy pace is ridiculously slow. Anyone could walk faster!
I am on it. I like super slow runs!
– Block training: they start slow, build up, train hard, race, and pig out for a month or two after a race. They seriously stop running for weeks at a time.
I will try to stop running after my marathon, or after the ultra two weeks after the marathon, or.. oh, this might be impossible.
– Use softer surfaces, no pavement unless it is a race.
– Healthy and Minimalist approach to eating.
Can’t even dream of trying.
– Everything is done in group-mode (running, travelling, living, racing).
Hmmm, I am more into “twosome-running”, mostly to chat away! They don’t chat on runs.
– Clothes, while training: more is more; just to make sure everything is warmed up and loose.
I am the opposite, I just hate doing laundry…
– No GPS watch and no mileage tracking.
What? I have like 50 spreadsheets, with tabs, charts, formulas…
– Injury Prevention…
Can’t tell you that one, do you want Toby to strangle me?
Ok, so some stuff might not translate but the more I read the more I seemed to start making adjustments.
It really does make sense, you’ll have to check it out. I learned a lot about how to approach the sport to make it render the best results (meals type and quantity, training programs, how to pick one, attitude, shoes, crosstraining, etc.) Their mental approach is what’s most different though. This is, after all, a job for them, a way to make a career for themselves.
It is very inspiring, I would like to go there someday. I’d probably have to run all by myself though.