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If a new runner wants to get faster, what’s the best way to improve on their race times?
Surprisingly, beginners should not focus on difficult workouts or faster paces during easy runs.
These training strategies have their place, but new runners are most limited by two factors:
1. Endurance is low since they haven’t been running for long.
2. Injury risks are high.
So to improve, beginners must maximize their endurance while limiting their risk of injury – two goals that are often at odds with one another.
After all, the best way to increase endurance is to run more mileage. But mileage increases are the most common time period for injuries.
Therefore, it’s critical to build endurance in a safer, less risky manner.
Two strategies can be used by beginners to both boost endurance and limit injury risk so they can continue improving.