By Dan Browne | March 03, 2018, 12 a.m. (ET)


One of the great things about running is the purity of the sport.  It is one of the most basic competitive endeavors.  The challenge of a footrace over a given distance.  There are two distinct ways to quantify your performances: placing and time.  Both are excellent ways to measure success depending upon the circumstances and situation.  In a championship setting, your focus should be on placement as the key measure of success.  However, in a training setting I would say that time tends to showcase improvement more effectively.

As you all progress in your modern pentathlon training I would encourage you to analyze your running development both in terms of how you place against your other competitors but also establishing time goals for yourself at various distances throughout the year.  My recommendation in terms of training is that you establish a 1600 meter and a 3200 meter personal best and then work diligently to track your progression as you improve.  If you find yourself in a situation where you’re not getting faster then you’ll need to adjust your training program and apply a different training strategy to help you overcome that obstacle.  Always remember that a performance time is just a snapshot of your running at a given moment.  The time does not indicate potential and you should positively view your personal best time as a challenge to constantly improve upon.  I would encourage you to get your splits while doing these efforts.  While the overall time is important, how you ran the time does provide valuable information that you and your coach can then use to modify your training to continue to improve.  I wish you all well in your journey to be the best you can be!