Time-Based Training Has Its Place
Inner GPS training should not take the place of your traditional time/distance-based training. If you want to run 17 minutes for 5K, you better well know exactly that pace! Rather, it is to serve as a lead-up to time/distance-based training so that you can get more out of your race-specific training phase. As mentioned before, inner GPS training is best done at the start of the training cycle, when times and distances are less important and general fitness and effort identification rule the day. Later, however, you need to use the technology available to get ready to race. At this time, challenge yourself to hit certain times for certain distances and learn to dial in race pace so you can run like a metronome.
Now You’re Ready
By calibrating your inner GPS, you’ll be ready for whatever a workout or race throws at you. Whether you’re dealing with bad weather, undulating terrain, fatigue, or even just having “one of those days,” you’ll be able to adjust your workouts and races to achieve the best performance on the day. And I find that consistently good performances across a training cycle lead to great performances in races.
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