Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Running Tip #17 - Individuality & the experiment of one

"Everyone is different." This statement has implications for running, as each person may differ in their response to training, diet or other factors. The advice I give in this blog, as well as much of the other advice, is generic and assumes that people are the same. However, you are an experiment of one, a unique individual and you need to remember this. It means that you may need to train, eat, sleep, race differently to others. For instance, I find that a high fat meal the night before a race works much better for me than a high carbohydrate meal (pasta).

What does this mean to you? Be prepared to experiment and to go against established advice.

[1]Individual differences in response to regular physical activity
http://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2001&issue=06001&article=00013&type=abstract