Breaking out of a rut
If you are anything like me, once you find something that works or gets good results, you keep doing it. One of my favorite sayings is, “Don’t reinvent the wheel, just roll it.” This philosophy can get me into trouble with my running. Our bodies adapt to training stress during recovery and rest. If you do the same workout or series of workouts over and over, at some point your body is no longer stressed enough and stops adapting (i.e. you stop getting faster). If you want to keep improving you need to keep changing your training. Changing paces, routes, rest intervals, surfaces, distances, etc., are all things we need to vary to keep the training fresh and improvements flowing. So if you are looking for a quick, easy way to break out of a rut or bust through a plateau, head to the trail instead of the track. Run your favorite route in reverse. Skip and easy run and head to the pool instead. New stimuli will produce new gains and add some variety to your training.
Enjoy the run.