It’s really easy to get out there and give it everything you have. It’s even rewarded in our culture. When’s the last time you heard someone say, “Go out there and give it 20%!”?
Fact is, just like you can’t get your car un-stuck from a snowbank by flooring the pedal, you can’t expect success by giving your full effort. That’s a certain recipe for burnout. Mind you, if I’m being chased by a ravenous bear, I might go all out until I pass out from exhaustion or until the bear gets me. But that’s not what I’m on about. I’m talking about long-term success.
I’ve signed up for a half-marathon in May. And for the next few months, I’m subscribing to the 80/20 principle when it comes to my training. This week begins a 15-week structured training plan: 80% of my workouts will be done at low-intensity, and 20% at moderate-to-high intensity. I’ll be using heart rate as my primary metric to help manage my effort.
Going slow is hard!