“Variety’s the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavour.”
William Cowper: The Task (1785) – ‘The Timepiece’ (Book II, lines 606-7)
Perhaps one of the strongest motivations for running different distances, at different paces and over different routes when I train is simply the desire for variety.
Without it we become bored, complacent, indifferent.
But it also educates our muscles in such a way that doing the same old thing day-in and day-out cannot.
So different distances may simply mean doing 6km one day and 8km on another. Rather than 7km on each day.
Different paces may mean running at “half-marathon race pace” one day and then a slow, “recovery pace” the next.
And different routes may involve finding a flat, easy circuit to do a fast 7km on one day and then running up and down hilly trails on another.
The challenge then becomes how to integrate all of this into a program that will maximise long-term results.
Kim | marathon runner