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Apr 7, 2015

“The Young Man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions” wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes. 

 Coaches, Experts, Friends and Fellow Runners all seem to agree that “slowly and carefully ramping up your mileage” is a reasonable approach for our training. Just as the mighty oak begins it’s life as a weak and tiny acorn, my return to the road has to be rooted a slow and cautious increase in miles and duration.

A tree isn’t ruled by a ten percent growth rate.

I’m not trying to convince you to follow or ignore any rules

but I do think that we should train with the patience, strength and persistence of a tree. 

Maybe, the best way to increase my mileage is to just get out there, running down the road ignoring time and space, and focusing more on living my life the top.


Thanks to Coach Jeff Smith for sharing his thoughts on training and the 10% rule. You can hear much more from Jeff over at

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Melodious advice by Neil on Twitter @neilbearse 


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