How Running Is Like Baseball

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Nov. 25, 2013
Running has more in common with baseball than you might think. Photo:

Learn how to incorporate America’s pastime into your running life.

One way to help beginner runners and stubborn veterans grasp important training theories is to use analogies or relate running to other sports they better understand or played as kids.

An aspect of training that many runners find difficult to comprehend is how the training plan fits together as a puzzle and how each workout slowly progresses you towards an ultimate goal. Most runners approach a workout as an isolated session and don’t realize, or often forget, that it’s also influenced by previous runs and impacts upcoming runs.

This training concept runs counter to what we’re taught in most other sports, where giving 100 percent effort in every training session is idolized. As such, to help you better understand how the pieces of a training plan come together and why trying to crush every workout isn’t ideal, I am going to relate running with baseball — a game where consistency and patience are also critical to success.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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