Faster. Stronger. Longer. This triumverate of adjectives is the holy grail of running, and training plans abound to help runners seeking to improve their mile splits, power up a hill and go farther than before.
But might the solution lie in something as simple as a hashtag?
In the December issue of Runner’s World, writer and avid runner Clare Trageser examines the role that social media and networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Dailymile.com play in training.
Trageser details her own efforts to break a half-marathon personal record through a running group she joined on Meetup.com. The members connect on Facebook, share training plans and pep talks in online forums, and post inspirational photos on Pinterest.
All for the good, says James Fowler, a medical genetics and political science professor at the University of California at San Diego, pointing out that the best way to get someone to start running is to make it social.
Still, Runner’s World columnist Bart Yasso gave Trageser some advice: “If you’re tweeting while you run, you aren’t running fast enough.”