Ok so I admit it, I WAS one of those runners that ran too fast on their long runs.
Now I love my slow runs.
Allowing myself to slow down has made me a stronger, faster and more efficient runner.
Here are 5 Reasons why you should be running slower.
Without a sturdy base your house could easily fall down.
The same applies to running.
If you want a solid running base, then running slow is key.
Want to run further? Then slow down.
When increasing distance on your long runs, you won’t burn out if you run at a slow pace.
By slowing slow you will be able to cover more distance.
Want to run more? Then slow down.
Whether it’s adding more minutes, or an extra day to your training plan, by running slow, you increase your resistance to fatigue.
When we run more, we race faster.
Want to run faster? Then slow down.
Running fast, puts a lot of strain on your body, physically & mentally, creating wear and tear.
When we run too hard too often, we don’t allow our body to recover. This in turn can cause injuries and other setbacks.
By slowing down on your long training runs, you won’t burn out, and you will recovery quicker.
Running slow, means come race day, you will run faster.
Improve your Endurance
Slowing down allows you to improve your aerobic fitness and increase your endurance to fatigue.
Running slow helps to develop your ability to sustain high intensity runs/workouts for longer.
Enjoy the Process
Run in the sun, run in the rain.
Run when the sun is rising, or when it is setting.
Run to enjoy yourself, and your surrounds.
If it’s too hard you are more likely to give up and throw in the towel.
Allow yourself to enjoy the run, and to enjoy the process.