I will do my best to address all the training, motivation, nutrition and injury prevention questions people have, but a concept I like to use is physical literacy (see video below).
A model of running performance I find useful is that developed by Dr. Tim Noakes, author of Lore of Running. Noakes is a captivating story teller and sport scientist who questions the values and assumptions we make in the quest for optimal human performance. Notably, Noakes has argued that "until the factors determining both fatigue and athletic performance are established definitely, it remains difficult to define which training adaptations are the most important for enhancing athletic performance, or how training should be structured to maximize those adaptations." Unlike the common physiological model we have come to use, Noakes positions that our performance is governed by a central perception, like a sensation of emotion, not a physiological event like 'fatigue' or 'lactate'. His approach to training and performance are as follows (the * indicate the principles I try to follow):
Tim Noakes’ 15 Laws of Training, from the book The Lore of Running 1. Train frequently, all year-round* 2. Start gradually and train gently 3. Train first for distance, only later for speed 4. Don't set your daily training schedule in stone* 5. Alternate hard and easy training 6. At first, try to achieve as much as possible on a minimum of training* 7. Don't race when in training 8. Specialize 9. Incorporate base training and peaking (sharpening) 10. Don't overtrain* 11. Train with a coach (someone who understands physiology and thinks critically)* 12. Train the mind* 13. Rest before a big race 14. Keep a detailed logbook* 15. Understand the holism of training*
My goal is to provide information that is both from the science of exercise and my personal experience in order to increase our physical literacy as a community, increasing the confidence in our abilities and competence in our movements.