RUN LESS RUN FASTER PDF
Here's how to run your best marathon ever on just 3 days a week. This time the "Train Less, Run Faster" claim is backed by the experiences. The training program begins with a long run of eight miles and gradually increases to 20 For Key Run #1, the pace is faster than your current 10K pace. Can you finish a marathon running just three days a week? Luckily, you can race miles on just three running workouts a week—and you might even finish it faster than you think. In the summer of , FIRST advertised a free marathon-training program that would last 16 weeks.
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If you're looking to run a half-marathon this year, we have the. BY DAVE KUEHLS work makes you faster; the tempo run raises your lac- tate threshold. Stride Rate of Elite Runners. Jack Daniels, Exercise Physiologist / Coach says most elite runners tend to stride at the same rate of steps per minute. Less. The Run Less Run Faster training is preached as a way to avoid injury and train with little time. But, here's why it's likely a one way ticket to injury.
The week Marathon training program includes five 20 mile runs. The three Key Runs — track repeats, tempo run and long run — are designed to work together to improve endurance, lactate-threshold running pace, and leg speed. These efficient and effective schedules have been researched and tested with runners of wide-ranging abilities. Having a portable app that allows runners to see their workouts on the fly is another time-saving feature of "Run Less, Run Faster".
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Version 2. Being that I got hooked on the book and began following the program for. Marathon, I noticed the constant crashing of the app every time I would update my times on the app. Also, the times and pages references does not coincide with the that of the latest book. I then decided to follow the times as stated on the book vice the app; although I use the app more as a reference point and taking a glance at my upcoming workouts for the coming weeks.
I recommend making the small adjustments and ensuring book app running times match with that of the book. I plan to use the program for my next half and marathon. I have two main issues with this app. The first one is that it crashes every time I try to set it up. That is obviously the biggest of the issues. There should be beginner intermediate and advanced plans and schedules. Good luck with your ultra! Ellen, I was glad to see someone putting this into ultra training.
I just finished a trail 50k for which I constructed a training program based on long slow running and hill workouts and not much speed work. I am starting a new cycle and looking at putting together some new ideas. At first I thought it makes no sense to add lots of speed work into ultra training, but I am looking at some flatter races where maintaining a fast steady pace may be possible.
I plan to bike the cross train days but not go hard, rather do recovery. Whether running or cross training. I do wish they would go into more detail why they picked specific intervals they did given all the possible options.
Hi Chris, thanks for reaching out. We can definitely get one of our writers to look into a post on Ultra running for this. We do have a number of posts about ultra running that may interest you for the time being: I need the active recovery days. After 2 speed workouts and a fast long run last week my calf is hurting. Which was an injury I had 3 weeks prior to my last 50k. My prime injury time is always the weeks following a race.
I am going to ramp up mileage for now and add back speed work later. I think I will go back to Daniels 2Q program speed work with more realistic paces. Btw Tina, I really enjoy the podcast, great info, I listen to it on the commute. Thanks for putting all the work into it. Hi Chris, thanks for reaching out and sharing your story. We would love for you to give our program a try, and you can sign up for it on this page.
We have a great video series explaining what we do if you are interested? Would love to have you on the team. The 50Ks I do all are on trail and hall ave significant elevation gain, ranging from to feet. After my hamstring injury from marathon training and a pelvic injury when I trained for my first 50K, I was kind of afraid to do any speed work.
I just focused on endurance. However, I found that I could only improve so much that way. Even if you intend to run a mountainous 50K on trail, speed and tempo work are still necessary if you want to improve. I have read that the front-of-the-pack ultra runners include both.
So far, it is going well, even though I am running on two of the cross training days. My long run mile time has come down 15 seconds a mile already. I am super pleased with the improvement. I am anxious to see how I do. Great advice there, and we hope you both race well. Let us know if you need anything! Have been running long distance for almost 10 years now. Not only do I feel great, but my gait feels more natural…always felt like I was using too much quad at a slower pace. I also do not feel overwhelmed by training as I have in the past.
Works very well for me. When you read the book, you notice immediately the pains the authors take to start people of slowly. Their first program is the 5k Novice program that begins with walking. There are test runs for each of the qualifying times to see if you are ready to tackle the program. They address running injuries and their experiences seem to point towards reduced injuries. Just a few very limited observations.
That said, with every run being a quality one with a specific prescribed pace, I sometimes miss the nice easy runs that allow you to really take in your surroundings. But now, with my sights on a BQ, I enjoy the physical and mental challenges that the very precise target paces bring about.
Some of the cross-training is not that hard and helps boost aerobic fitness. I would love to run more often but that may not be in the cards for me. A plan that keeps me injury-free as I get faster is one that I can get behind.
I think you missed the part where I talked about injuries though. It actually has me worried! I kind of feel like they lured me in with the Run Less part…and they are trying to kill me with the Run Faster part!! It seems that if I hit my track times on Monday, my legs are too tired to hit my tempo time on Wednesday.
I am improving though. My long runs are slow, and I have yet to miss hitting goal pace for those. That seems to be a trigger for me. However, pace used to be an issue for me as far as injuries are concerned — when I first started running, 6 years ago. Three marathons under my belt crashed and burned with severe leg cramps each one.
Finished each but not with a smile. My aim was a sub 3hr marathon.
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My PB was 3: I ran the program for four months but rarely did the cross training. After two months I did a 3: Rather than a one size fits all training plan approach, I would advise people to hire a certified coach.
There simply is no substitute for getting personalized attention on a regular basis from a qualified expert, and I cannot argue with the results thus far lowered my 10k PR by nearly 3 minutes in just two months. I have used Run Faster Run Less for about five years. I sometimes use a rowing machine on worse days.
But basically, I do one LSD, one tempo, and one set of intervals each week, as the book recommends.
I want to try this… but love running long slow hours.. Only running…. I am small and light and seem to need to eat the same vegetables etc. Once I follow programs that have too many days off I get slower because of the excess weight.
Hi Susan, that is okay. If you have found something that works for you, and you enjoy doing it, then that is all that matters! This post was focused towards those who are striving after time goals.
If you are running to keep the weight off, or just enjoy running for the simplicity it brings, then keep going with what you are doing.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! Let us know if we can help you in any other way! I am huge fan of the FIRST method but was very interested in your article after I happened to see it in some google search results. A bit of background: I ran my first marathon when I was at uni with a program that had me running 6 days a week, I ran 3,53 having come down with shin splints about a month before the race and not doing any more training. The shin splints lasted a good few yrs.
Then at the age of about 34, I was desperate to run another one and wanted to beat my time and my brothers time 3, I love my running and am flying high on endorphins after a good workout so I really got into it. I was going for a 3,13 time which based off long distance times was feasible. Then about 7 weeks before the race I came down with hamstring problems. I was out for about 15months, thinking time and rest would heal it but I have since seen a physio who has helped me get back into running again very slowly.
Either that or new runners just push right past it and get injured. Thanks for sharing Mark. You are right, and glad you have found what works for you. Sometimes it does take us a little while to understand our body, and figure out what is best for us.
You are right that a lot of new runners do end up injured as they are not sure how to do this. Thank you for sharing your story, it will be great for others to learn from. At the time I was 65 years old. I found myself just wasted from trying to attain my target paces given in the plan, and also had a frustrating feeling of inadequacy. I kept it up as best I could for about 6 months, at which time my naggingly painful knees became a moderately severe injury that totally sidelined me for 3 months and took over a year to almost completely recover from.
Although I had had some instruction in running form, in my emphasis on attaining the given pace, I developed bad habits of overstriding. Also, my hips and core were in no way prepared for what I was asking of them. This year, I used a program that is based on HR, not pace, with mostly aerobic work. Nearly every race of the year was a PR, and more important, no injuries. Thanks for sharing Deb, that is the point we hoped to get across, and you are definitely proof of that.
Glad you have found something that works for you, and you are mostly injury free. Have a great Monday! Of the three training runs provided by FIRST, I find the most benefit from the two weekday speed drills, although I tend to not take them too religiously. As for their taking the long runs up to only seconds slower than race pace, I find that to be ridiculously too fast. This only leads to burnout later in the training.
Slow and steady does sometimes win the race. Very true Christopher. It is all about listening to your body and finding what works for you.
It is good you are not too rigid with your training, and do not mind changing it up if you need to. Thanks for sharing! I also usually skip the cross-training, excepting an easy bike ride or even a walk in the park. But I swear by the weekly intervals and tempo run. At this point, I focus on 5K races; last year, I ran Also, this sort of intense training has had remarkable side-benefits to my cognitive abilities — memory seems to be much better than 10 years ago!
Thanks for sharing Gene, it is great that you have found what works for you! Very exciting progress, keep up the good work! I found the training via challenging, as it is a solid mix of speed work, tempo runs, long runs, plus cross training e. Hi Dan, thanks for sharing, if you have found that it works best for you over other training plans, then by all means do what works! Let us know if we can help with anything else!
Must return to read this whole thing but will comment this now: However, I really began to miss: Just about all my runs were done to meet those speedy paces.
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It was wonderful to just go out for a run and it not matter what the pace was. I was able to fit the twice weekly cross training into lunch breaks in a way that I would not have been able to fit a run into lunch breaks, so that was one upside to RLRF. Hi Carolyn, thanks for reaching out. That is a great point, and when you come back to read the rest of the post, you will see the other reasons we do not recommend it.
Thanks for sharing, and best of luck with your training, make sure you keep those enjoyment runs in your training!
I have been a runner for as long as I can remember! Sprinter in HS and college and short road races as I got older. When I turned 40, running Boston landing on the bucket list. I researched TONS of programs before embarking on the journey. Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing your experience. If you have found something that works for you, then by all means keep it up. We mentioned that there are always going to be runners who do have success with any training plain.
As you are now a masters runner, you may enjoy listening to our podcast with Susan Loken, her stories are very inspiring https: I guess it depends on how you actually feel about running.
I did both in my youth competitively and have no desire to return to them.
If your goal is simply getting a finisher medal, you may have a different opinion. I am puzzled sometimes by articles in running magazines that encourage you run LESS. Hi Lucinda, thanks for reaching out. Good point, it definitely does change depending on your perspective. We always love to hear that you run because you love it.
We need more runners like you in the world! I run for 19years, I tried to run even 6 times week but weeks and I feel myself broken. No matter if my runs are light or strong.
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Its just too much times. My other activity is weight lifting i train 3 times a week two times a day, each training is 40min and each muscle is trained 1. I love runing. I would run 7 times a week and two timeas a day if my body would accept it , but reality is diferent, so i very much beliver of 3 times runing, especialy with other intensive workouts. Hi Rolandas, thanks for reaching out. It is great that you have found what works for you, and if 3 times per week is what works best, then by all means keep that up, especially if you are using the other activities like weight lifting as well.
Thank you for sharing your experience! Is there anything we can help you with?
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At the starting point we were all at similar fit and time. I agree that I have more potential. From the very beginning I made better time than them in the testing races. Anyway, it is an interesting point and difficult to clear.
The method is good enough for me. What is obvious is that it not work for every runner!. It is a good training method, easy to follow and well structured. After some half marathon 7 I prepared the marathon with a good base. FIRST has some incredible advantages for a 42 family father as me. By the way, have you found any good alternative?. Hi Aki, thanks for reaching out! Our good alternative is our training program, which head coach Jeff Gaudette has created through hours of researching runners.
You can learn more about it through the free ebook we offer on this page, we would love to send you a copy! Hi Anthony, we explain the fundamentals of an aerobic base in this article https: Although at the same time I have changed my diet and drink less alcohol, more than one component. Also I have not followed religiously as I have been terrible at keeping up the cross training. I am now trying work on how to get the Marathon pace lower and reduce late stage cramps, which is why I have started to read more on issues with running form in your site.
So I can understand your comments, to date it has worked for me but keen to see how I evolve my training to improve and I might need to add back in an easier run for more form focus……. More fun, more time for family, no injury, PR. More specifically for someone wanting to improve from a 5k PR of 25 minutes?
Your email address will not be published. Already a member? Login here Want to become an Insider for free? Register here.Reading this article was very interesting and gives me some hope to improve on the 3: Glad you have found something that works for you, and you are mostly injury free.
Another very common reason marathoners get hurt is trying to run far too long on their long runs. The FIRST program builds for 13 weeks, with the second mile long run coming at the end of the thirteenth week. Which was an injury I had 3 weeks prior to my last 50k. I am super pleased with the improvement. We have lots of great articles.
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