Why is it important to build a running base?
Physiologically, base miles are important because they boost aerobic conditioning by developing slow twitch muscle fibres, increasing blood volume and glycogen storage and enhancing the body’s ability to burn fat. If you are able to build a strong endurance base then you are effectively creating a solid and stable platform on which to build speed. The fundamental physiological adaptations that you stimulate through base mileage ultimately support faster, high intensity running whilst also enabling you to maintain your peak form for longer.
Running more miles yet at an easier pace actually strengthens your connective tissue so you’ll be stronger and more injury resistant when it’s time to turn up the heat during speed work sessions.
Louise has been running for over 20 years, with the last 16 of those at International level. She has represented Grea...