Over the weekend I finished Meb for Mortals! It was a really easy read that I finished in maybe five sittings or less. Meb tells some stories, but mostly he provides background on his own training and then translates the principles he follows into actionable tips for everyday runners.
I couldn’t help but notice that Meb’s advice is very similar to the Hansons advice:
- Never go all out in training. Always finish a run feeling like you could have done another interval or added another mile.
- Keep hard days hard and make sure easy days are truly easy.
- Start drinking early. If you wait until you’re thirsty your performance has already decreased.
Not surprisingly, things that most of us struggle with, Meb makes a priority. He says he starts his warmups at three minutes per mile slower than marathon pace, and even on days when he feels really good he keeps his pace in range of what it should be for that day. If it’s an easy day he holds himself back instead of saying, “my body felt good so I went for it!” That type of restraint is really impressive and obviously has paid dividends for him over the years!
Last night I was all ready to channel Meb and go for a nice easy run at the beach. I usually change into my running clothes at the office before I leave since the bathrooms at the beach are pretty disgusting. However, when I went to change I realized I forgot to bring shorts!
Since I didn’t want to run in my work pants I went home, grabbed some shorts and ran on the treadmill.
The gym at my apartment complex only has four treadmills and one of them is the Bad One. You know the type!
I think it’s on slightly uneven ground because it shakes and even worse than that it gets these weird power surges every once in a while. You’ll be running along and randomly it will either speed up or slow down for a few seconds. Everyone avoids the Bad One, but last night I had to run on it since it was the only one available.
I had to stop a couple of times to stretch out my calves which have been SUPER tight the last couple of days. I think it’s a symptom of tight hamstrings. I’ve been stretching my hammies but they haven’t quite loosened up all the way yet. I know they will though!
Have you read Meb for Mortals or Run to Overcome (also by Meb)? Run to Overcome is next on my list!
What is your favorite running book?! Mine is Eat & Run by Scott Jurek, best running book EVER. Literally.