The Art of Seeing the Big Picture
Coaching and competing in every running distance from 100 meters to 100 miles impelled me to adopt a holistic perspective. One that honors the importance of the whole body and the interdependence of its parts. Viewed holistically, several factors go into harnessing a person’s raw running ability. They include training, nutrition, psychology, and genetics (and the total impression they create).
My translation: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. As long as you’re ready to follow a running program that incorporates the right distances, paces, and recoveries for who you are, you will fulfill your goals.
The Word Recover
There have always been extraordinary runners who defy conventional beliefs regarding recovery and human performance. How do they recover to run so fast, so often? There is no simple explanation.
The word recover means both “to regain health” and “to regain balance.” It’s all too easy for people to make the mistake of racing too frequently without adequate recovery from hard efforts. Consequently, they fail to regain the good form and fitness they had built up through training. They invariably suffer for it either by injury, disillusionment, or worst of all, giving up on running altogether. The inherent risk of these pitfalls increases markedly when you are running races at a pace and/or distance beyond your comfort zone.