Despite not being able to be fully and successfully transitioned from competing into being an amatour, I still quite enjoy the process. For distance runner, it’s all about patience, determination, methodology and, of course, time. One of the hardest challenges almost all of us must face is trying to find the right balance between a passion and the daily working life routines and duties. So, here I list few thoughts coming on top on my mind.

  • If you feel like you’re gonna hate it, don’t do it | When you are feeling stressed or just too tired, don’t let the storm hurting you even more.
  • Recovery is your ally | Never hesitate to take an extra recovery day, if you need it.
  • Listen to -and learn from- your body warnings | For instance, that small pain (most likely to be in the same area as last year)…
  • Try to prioritize quality over quantity | Volumes are good if you are dedicated and have enough time, but quality often allows you to increase your performances faster, despite (I must admit) exposing you to a higher risk of injuries. Long runs are generally overrated, you don’t need many of them to radically improve your aerobic capacity. If you can, try to be flexible (and creative) during your sessions. Don’t be stuck in the same weekly interval session.
  • Be patient with pains and injuries | Also, don’t only ask a doctor. In my opinion, physiotherapists might often provide a more accurate diagnosis.
  • Take care of your posture | At work, sit well, especially if you are spending a lot of time in front of a screen. Take the chances to walk a little bit during that coffee break.
  • Try not to fall into marketing traps (barefoot, compression, energy drinks, …)| Think twice and get documented.
  • Don’t be obsessed | It’s a hobby, at the end of the day…
  • Don’t save on new pair of running shoes | Also, try to not train always with the same pair of shoes. Remember, shoes are normally designed for lasting about 600-800 km. Buy the right shoes for you. You are most likely to be slightly heavier than track and field professional runners, which are often wearing the best looking shoes available.
  • Accept to enter races for training purposes |Having a bib doesn’t necessarily mean you need to give it all.


Giancarlo Simion