GAUGE YOUR DIS­COM­FORT

Runner's World (UK) - - Fuel -

If you are push­ing the pace to get faster or adding dis­tance to go fur­ther, your body is go­ing to talk back to you. Be a good lis­tener. Dur­ing train­ing, learn to dis­tin­guish ‘good pain’ (dis­com­fort from leav­ing your com­fort zone) from ‘bad pain’ (some­thing that verges on in­jury). ‘There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween mus­cles that burn at the end of a work­out and some­thing that hurts ev­ery time you take a step,’ says Tay­lor. ‘Part of train­ing is learn­ing body aware­ness. You also need to ex­pe­ri­ence some dis­com­fort so it’s not a for­eign feel­ing when it oc­curs in a race. You know you can push through it.’

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