You should Train Slower, if your ultimate goal is to Run Faster.
When you Race or set a PB you may not realize this but you’re putting tremendous stress on your bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. (This is one of the reasons why you tend to feel more tired after a Race then a Long Distance Slow Run). Also, there is a high risk factor involved if you are racing too often.
It is advisable to limit the number of times you run hard if your long-term goal is to run for years without any pain or injury.
Advantages of Training Slow,
1) You can run more often and cover more mileage per week.
2) You are allowing your muscles to get enough oxygen thereby reducing the risks of injury.
3) You are “Actively” Recovering from those Hard Runs and you may not have to take a day off from running. 👍🏼
So, it is OKAY to Run Slow – especially when you are training for a Long Distance Race (Half or Full Marathon). In fact 80% of my training Runs are designed to be at Slow/Easy Pace and remaining 20% include the Intervals, Fartleks or Tempo Runs (i.e. not more than one Hard Run per week).
You don’t have to compete with any one else. If your goal is to stay FIT then you must build yourself slow and steady. 🙏🏼 Make sure you plan your training runs accordingly – to include a lot of “Slow” running and register for Races only if they are evenly spaced out.
Happy “injury-free” Running 😃