It is a book to open people to the ‘how to run” aspect – or “how to become a runner“ and yes, definitely those who haven’t run much and a interested to follow a path of least resistance
But – it also has a philosophical aspect that means that people who have run for years can get something from it – some deeper insight or connection to themselves through the art of running.
Julia has been running all of her life, it has informed how she has chosen to live from a very young age and has been the bedrock of her ‘practice’ both physical and spiritual – in fact it has become her spiritual practice through the mirror of seeing herself reflected back in her running endeavours.
Julia achieved her first international vest at the age of 19 and went on to run at international level for the next 13 years.
Her most notable achievements were winning the Dublin City Marathon, being placed 7th woman in the London Marathon (3rd British) in a time of 2.36.31 and competing in the Commonwealth Games Marathon in 1986.
Chapter 15: Planning your running Schedule
Below are some ideas I hope will help you with your training schedule. What ever schedule you decide on, remember consistency is key!
- Easy mileage is the key, an aerobic base is essential and so as many miles as your body and lifestyle and your desire to run can take will help you become a better runner
- If you want to be a better runner, go running a lot
- Build up to them gradually – and never rush – consistency is the key
- Whatever distance you are training for there will be interval sessions, threshold and tempo running, hill training and farther work that will improve your capacity to run faster over the distance you want to improve at
- Some people recover better from interval training and fast running than others – but too much of it tends to have a self defeating property
- Supporting your programme with core work, and flexibility work
About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor
In the late 70’s all through the 80’s and into the early 90’s she competed regularly for England and GB at distances from 5k to Marathon. Some of her best performances include winning the 1985 Dublin Marathon and finishing 7th woman (3rd British woman) in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31 where she was selected to run in the Commonwealth Games.
She still competes now as a master over 55, regularly winning her age group in races around the world. She’s was also part of the winning team for the national master X country championships in March this year, 2016. Julia has coached and mentored others to achieve their dreams in sport and life for the past forty years!