All work, no fluff. There is nothing here just focused on mileage. Do the right work to build your speed and have a breakthrough 5k or 10k!
Patrick has been coaching marathon runners for over a decade. One of the biggest problems he has found has to do with miles…lots of long, slow, steady miles. After months and years of training for marathons with long distance runs, most athletes have lost a significant portion of their high-end fitness.
Of course, they still want to get faster at the marathon…and so they do the only thing they know how: add more miles and harder interval work to their existing workouts.
Doubling down like this is only so good for so long, until either an injury happens or burnout ensues.
It’s much better to do a specific block of speedwork when not training for a marathon — you have more time to recover and more opportunities to run faster.