Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Run Less Run Faster Final Review

Run less Run Faster is finally over. ( for now)   I initially decided to follow this plan because I needed focus.  I was making a come back to running from a stress fracture in 2010 which, by the time it healed, I was over worked and overwhelmed (review any post regarding urban high school teaching or living in DC) and lost interest in running the speed and distance that I loved while I was in San Diego. Although the winter was tolerable here, I wanted something I could do on the treadmill and not be bored to tears ( which for most of the runs I was able to do)  

RLRF seemed like a great fit for me,  it had specific planned workouts including the paces and also only required 3 days a week of training which eliminated most excuses. I did review each week, which can be found  here.

Did I get faster?



Part of the overall speed increase was because I purposely increased my "resting" speed from a 5.2 onward every two weeks.  I found that 5.7 (10:30ish)  was the fastest "slow" pace I could manage while still completing the workout.  I did miss some runs, and sometimes my nike+ was inaccurate, but I would say over all that I definitely improved my overall speed.

Would I do RLRF again?  
Absolutely, I'm not sure if I am ready to do marathon training with this plan yet, as it is definitely designed for some hard core veterans, which I don't feel like I am. But I think next winter I will work on the 10k training plan to make it through the winter weather.

Did I PR?
Still up for debate, there is another small 5k in two weeks that I plan on running and will hopefully have a confirmed new PR

I totally recommend checking out this training plan.  The book has a lot of great information ( as well as a lot of boasting of success) but if you feel like you are stuck in a rut and unable to improve, give it chance ( after a doctor says you're fit enough of course!)

My library has it in rotation even though it is hard to get but Amazon also sells it cheaply.  (support the used books it's more eco friendly!)


  1. Very good! What are you going to do for training now? I feel like this would be good, especially for people coming back from injuries, a baby, or a laps in serious running. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Glad to hear you enjoyed this program and that you did get faster. I have found that I've been improving speed as I've been running less too.