Rule #1: Train with people who are better runners than you.
I second this. I just joined Cross Country & before I could run what you can, 2 weeks later and I'm a much stronger runner.
In the span of 30 minutes? Or just farther? There are a couple of techniques to approach this.
BTW, running with people who are better than you is not necessarily an end all statement. You wouldn't train with elite level Kenyans on any select day, right? ;)
Yes I would, and I would become a superior runner from doing it.
On the open road, the Kenyans would leave me in the dust, but we could workout together in the gym, on the track, and spending time with them away from running would give me an invaluable look into their lifestyle and mindset. 100% this would make me a stronger runner, and would be worth many thousands of dollars.
You would crush me in the swimming pool Eli, but I would become a much better swimmer if I came to your workouts every morning at 530AM.
Just like I became a better swimmer sharing the pool with elite swimmers in the SoCal Masters swim club, even though I was 15 lanes down learning to swim, and they were training for the olympics. Those years at the pool, watching them warmup, asking them questions, watching their technique underwater, etc, CHANGED MY LIFE. I went from being able to barely swim, to being able to swim 5 miles in the ocean, never having swam on a swim team in school, never having done a single "swim meet" in my entire life.
Just like I became a stronger runner running along side elite ironman triathletes who I saw out running, recording their stride, talking to them...
People who know me try to make a big deal out of "how active I am", simply because they fail to understand how easy it becomes once you surround yourself with the right people.
The beauty of it all, is that so many people are afraid of their own potential, afraid of trying to truly be their best, that when you meet elite athletes, or even just ask questions to local weekend warriors who are better than you, and ask them about training tips, suggestions, they will often be more than happy to help you out...... because they see how hard you train, how bad you want it, and how positive your mind is.
I learned to swim from an olympic silver medalist who ran a swim program. even when attendance was down and I was the only one who showed up for rainy workouts at an outdoor pool, he would come out and push me, train me, as though I mattered. He changed how I see the world, thankfully he didn't see someone like me who was learning to swim, as a waste of his time.
PS: I get advice/coaching/tips/encouragement from everyone I can! Whoever has an approach or technique or lesson I can apply to what I'm doing I try to ask lots of questions. I'm 32, I particularly like to train with people who are in their 50s or 60s, like my friend who does ironmans in her free time when she's not looking after her 3 kids!
Oh knoes someone once said once you can run 3 miles your hooked......
it rang pretty true for me.
My advice keep it simple its not a race. I started a couple years ago and once i got up to 3 miles I new it was for me. I run every singly day I average around 55-60 miles a week. I'd like to up it myself if I can find the time. Listen to your body but dont be afraid to push yourself. It gets a lot easier the more you run the faster you get to some degree. I'm considerably faster then when i started.
at this point with this diet I'm not sure what my limits are I have not met them yet.
I guess my answer is if you want to run more my advice is to well umm run more. Do you want to go for longer ? you can try doing a 3 mile run in the morning then a 3 mile or less in the afternoon do that here and there when you feel comfy combine those 2 runs. I set daily goals for myself and never let myself run any less then them wtvr they are at the time.
and CARB UP! TODAYS CARBS ARE TOMMORROWS GLYCOGEN. YOu wanna crank out miles CRANK THE CARBS! Sometimes as I stuff my face with carbs all i can think about is how awesome there gonna make tommorrows run :)