You run your race; the race doesn’t run you
Whether you are an amateur runner or a professional one, in training or running a race, you often hear runners say they just could not last the distance. Steve Cram, running coach, and his two friends, Steve Ovett and Seb Coe formed the British trio of middle-distance runners. It was they who led the global field in the 1980s. Cram advocates the mile as a good distance for amateur runners. But to master it, he says, you need to work on your endurance and your sprinting, to give your training more variety, and that includes more explosive running speeds.