5 Tips For Simplifying Your Running

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 14, 2014
  • Updated Jan. 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM UTC
Sometimes it's best to simplify things when it comes to running. Photo:

3. Stick To A Straightforward Training Plan

As you prepare for your goal race, try to put together as simple a schedule as possible and don’t worry if you can’t follow it to a “T.” Plan out your week in terms of your “hard” efforts and the recovery days around them. How you gauge “hard” shouldn’t necessarily be tied to the biometric data that you can collect from a heart rate monitor or from the exact pace that you ran according to your GPS watch. Electronic devices can fail and you don’t want to create too much of a dependency on them. Run your “hard” days on a measured track or pathway with a basic stopwatch. For your recovery days, don’t fret about achieving a specific slower pace. Run as slow as you feel on those easier days, and consider selecting routes and locales that you’ve never run before as a way to relax and have fun.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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