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PURPOSEFUL PRACTICE: HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING
The way in which you approach your training has a massive impact on your outcomes. By adopting an approach of Purposeful Practice, you can improve your running. We have all heard the saying “Practice makes perfect.” Unfortunately, it is a myth. The truth is that poor practice makes for poor performance, and can lead to injury.
Perhaps you’ve also heard “Perfect practice makes perfect”. While closer to the truth, as it introduces a focus on quality of training, it misses the mark in two areas:
Rather than focusing on an abstract and potentially harmful notion of perfection, runners should train for improvement or Purposeful Practice. Put forward the best version of yourself, right now. Today.The following Purposeful Practice routine will work for athletes at all levels, including those who exercise socially for enjoyment.
Athletes who follow a training program enjoy an added advantage, because they know what sessions they have scheduled, and the goal of each session, in advance. All runners, however, can benefit from applying a Purposeful Practice routine.
Why is it that some people continue to improve through training, while others stay at the same level?
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Coach Munro is a lifestyle-athlete and a running coach based in Brisbane, Australia. He is certified by the Athletics Australia as a Level 3 Middle and Long Distance Running Coach.
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