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in: Kris; Kris > 2018-09-09

Sep 9, 2018 6:42 PM # 
Why is that? What have you done better to improve so much?
Sep 9, 2018 7:07 PM # 
I hear the answer is fewer biscuits and more miles
Sep 9, 2018 8:47 PM # 
If I had the answers I'd be bottling and selling them.. My training (bar a few gaps) is all on here. I don't do anything particularly special, but I think I've progressed fairly steadily and been good at building consistency. And yes, my diet has been fairly horrible at times. I have a huge sweet tooth and can put on weight quite easily. I try to get myself a bit more on the rails around major races.
Sep 9, 2018 9:12 PM # 
Peter H:
I think buying some spikes was the turning-point in your career
Sep 10, 2018 7:12 AM # 
So gotta update my spikes, eat healthy and add some miles? Gotcha!

I like chocolate a lot so I got that sweet tooth too. But I think consistency might be the key for me as I've not had a full year of training in the last 4 years. Thank you for your insights!
Sep 11, 2018 7:43 AM # 
Do you put any of it down to a change in mental approach? Must help the confidence to know you *can* break those barriers. I've had a huge headache breaking 18 mins, despite being miles fitter, and running relatively faster times at other distances. Admittedly, am lacking a bit of that long-term consistency in training, and only started running at 27 (now 30).
Sep 11, 2018 11:00 AM # 
Consistency is key - it takes months/years to build fitness.

Regarding the mental approach, I think it is very important but sometimes difficult to develop. Confidence is huge, when you are running well it seems like all other problems fade away, but I find that confidence can be very specific and short-lived.
Sep 11, 2018 11:58 AM # 
Consistency is key
It is the basis for confidence

that and the fact that you can achieve more than you believe is possible.
Sep 11, 2018 8:18 PM # 
Sep 11, 2018 8:23 PM # 
John L. Parker Jr. knows his running
Sep 11, 2018 9:30 PM # 
Apart from the 60*400 session for a miler.
Sep 12, 2018 9:37 AM # 
jonny crickmore:
You do get to eat whatever you want though on the Cassidy program as long as the furnace is hot enough. Solves the sweet tooth problem.
Sep 12, 2018 12:04 PM # 
The penny only just dropped that consistency is where you build confidence. My running literature doesn't extend much further than the other KJ's "Run or Die". So I'll take a look at Once a Runner. Thanks!
Sep 12, 2018 12:28 PM # 
Peter H:
Cassidy is great, but he does overlook things like stress fractures a bit... Though 'Once in a moonboot' probably wouldn't be as thrilling
Sep 12, 2018 4:55 PM # 
Kris, How important has been being in Edinburgh helped with your improvements and success?
Sep 14, 2018 9:57 AM # 
Hey Mike, Kris isn't in Edinburgh, he's just over an hour away in St Andrews. (correct me if I'm wrong Kris!)
Sep 14, 2018 10:32 AM # 
Kris owes everything he has to Edinburgh
Sep 14, 2018 3:58 PM # 
Peter H:
I heard Kris lives in a small town near Glasgow
Sep 15, 2018 9:44 AM # 
It was all Standard Rivelin; the loop of champions

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