27 Feb '14, 4am

Ease up! How downshifts in training every day, week, and month can help you reach your goal:

By nature, runners chase goals—whether that's getting to the next telephone pole, finishing a first 5-K, or qualifying for Boston. In the fevered pursuit of success, it's easy to think that more is better. But you risk your ambitions on a regular basis whenever you decide to go a tad harder than you should during intervals, or a bit longer than you should on recovery runs. Why are seemingly minor sins such a big deal? Because the cumulative effect of pushing too hard, too far, too soon increases your likelihood of exhaustion, burnout, or injury. "You have to think: Where do I want to be next year?" says elite and recreational running coach Greg McMillan . "That concept allows you to train more safely." Rather than focusing on the immediate satisfaction of ramping up your pace or mileage, make decisions about your training—from your next workout to the next 12 months—with a...

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