My solution to over-training: Racing flat, fast, and short

On Folsom Street with about 600 yards to go, with David Glennon in hot pursuit.

For my Outside blog I recently wrote about the unexpected benefits of running flat, fast, and short this spring, a break from my more usual up/down, slow, and long.

Read: How to Avoid Overtraining

I was not suffering from over-training syndrome, which is a debilitating physical breakdown that seems to have no cure. But if you closely follow this blog, you may have heard me mention the mental exhaustion of high-volume efforts. Remarkably, I’m entirely refreshed after just a single training block of “normal” running: 60-mile weeks, one or two track workouts per week, and no races longer than 35 minutes.

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