Until this month, when MAN! So full of advice geared right for me!
Let's start with Ed Eyestone's "The Fast Lane" on p. 36. Basically, he uses his experience training for the Olympic Trials to explain how you can lower your 5k and 10k time while simultaneously training for a marathon.
This echoes something my sister has been telling me. I told her I wanted to bring my 5k time down, and she said, "Listen: higher mileage. Just run more," and then cut me off of gchat. For some reason, I heard the same advice from Ed Eyestone and really listened. Not that she's not accomplished, but she hasn't exactly run in the Olympic Trials yet.
Anyway, Eyestone's advice goes on, in short, to say that you can speed up for short distances while training for longer ones if you...
-run your long runs a touch faster,
-regularly do intervals at your shorter race paces with a 1:1 recovery,
-do strides to emulate speeding up at the end of races when you're tired, and
-run more miles.
Also geared right for me? A Q&A about missing a week of running on p. 38. Answer: you're fine, and "Remember, rest is training".
I'm only halfway through the magazine -
Random: Wikipedia tells me that Ed Eyestone was born in American Samoa. Who knew?