Monday, 23 April 2012

Training with A group Makes You a Better Runner! RicksRunning Rants!


I returned to group training last week!

Mondays Brian's session in the pinewoods and Wed session with Rob at the Dunes leisure Center.
I've always had a strong belief that training in a group raises your level of fitness way above what training alone will do!

In a group your whole belief structure is changed, your perception of what is possible is changed!

You must have felt this at some time, your running alone and all of a sudden you see a runner ahead!
Your fatigue seems to vanish, your pace picks up as you chase the runner ahead.
Training alone you are trapped inside your own perception of what is possible!

The Kenyans always train in a group and for good reason!

An example of why group training is better!
Back in my cycle racing days all my best improvement came from training with friends or the club.
The best guys in the club were doing 22 mins in the local 10 mile time trials, so I found riders to help me in training, after 6 years I set a P.B. of 22.18 and won the local 10 mile event.
There was no way I could have achieved that on my own.

There was a very good article on how group training improved running biomechanics on

On your own you think to much, is my leg turnover fast enough?
Is my stride long enough?
End result you tense up and lose speed!

In a group you just FLOW!

When I joined the running club here in Southport most of the runners on the regular Tue speed session could knock out a 34 min 10K.
After 6 years I achieved that, I thought is was possible because I trained with these guys!


Now I look at newer guys in the club and they are looking to break sub 40 for 10K or achieve the qualifying time for London when in the past runners would be shooting for a 34 or a sub 2.45 Marathon.
Now you can't blame the guys, their perseption is limited to what they see around them!

A final thought, THE GOLDEN AGE!

I remember Steve Jones setting the world Marathon Record with a blazing  1.01 first half!
I remember Steve Ovet, Seb Coe and Steve Cram winning gold, I remember Paula radcliffe beating all the british men at the London Marathon to set the New world record!

Guys it's time to reset you believe system, the impossible is possible!



Comming soon Ben's account of his amazing 2.33 London Marathon.

His Training!

His Race!

And how he plans to blast through the 2.30 barrier!



DocRunner said...

It's good to see you back at training. Despite being injured for so long you still manage to bounce back full of enthusiasm. You're an inspiration!

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