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Too Far and Too Fast

Monday, June 22, 2009

I ran with my 29 year-old son, Ben, on Saturday. Ben is pretty fast. He ran the 5k and 10k in college. We ran on a trail in a Denver suburb. Ben and I have exactly the same stride length and stride rate. We run in perfect lock step.

To keep up with Ben, I found myself running way too fast. I kept telling my son, "Low Gear"! He would slow down to a normal jog. Inevitably, he would pick up speed. I would increase my speed to stay with him. We blew past more sensible people that were blissfully jogging along. I have to admit running at a brisk pace was a lot of fun.

This trail was very hilly. A couple of guys passed us on bicycles. We caught up with the bicyclists on the next hill. We were covering real estate in a heck of a hurry. I was pushing myself. I was running faster than I thought possible. Actually, I was running too fast. We ran 8 miles at a blistering pace.

I rested on Sunday. I foolishly decided to run today. I was very sore and limped through 5K. I ran terribly. I gave it everything I had. The best I could do was 11 minute miles. I ran the 5K in 33:52! I could barely move.

I have decided to rest this week. I will be cross-training. I may spend time on my elliptical trainer. I need to lay off running for several days. My legs hurt all over! I guess old slow guys like me should not run with young fast guys like my son. I had fun running fast. I am paying for it now.


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KAYAKID 6/23/2009 8:09PM

    Don't you know we can not run with those young bucks - I am a scoutmaster and everytime we play basketball or something physical I am sore for a couple of days. I can keep up with them but it is the couple of days after that I suffer. Enjoy your week off. I didn't do much today 30 minutes eliptical and ab work. I had a great 5 mile run yesterday 11:00 pace and it felt good.

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    emoticon wow, that's sounds like fun! but also very painful to recover from- it's good that you learned you need to slow down a little and take more time getting back into running fast. personally- as a beginner i'd be pretty stoked if my 5k time was 33:52- lol! but having seen some of your other stats i can see why you'd be disappointed. enjoy your week off!

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MINDHUNTER93230 6/22/2009 11:43PM

    Sounds like a workout.

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Lousy 9:56 Seconds

Monday, June 15, 2009

My training program called for an easy 5K today. I loped along at a 10 minute mile pace. I finished in a 29:24 and felt pretty good. I decided to keep going.

My good Spark Friend Felicia (FHAMWEY) has been telling me the virtues of the Jeff Galloway walk-run program. After I ran the 5K, I walked a lap. Galloway states you don't lose a lot of time by doing a brisk walk instead of jog.

This idea of walk-run seemed to work. After the short walk, I ran pretty strongly. I decided I would keep going to 10k. I had never in my life voluntarily run 10k. I was having fun. I walked some. I ran some.

As I started my last lap, I realized it may be possible to run the 10k in under 60 minutes. I picked up the pace. I ran across the finish line at 60:09.56! Rats! I missed my goal by 30 meters.

I learned a few things. For me, running 10K is not just twice as hard as 5k. 10K is about 4 times harder than 5K. I think that means a half marathon is 16 times harder than 5k. A full marathon would be 256 times harder than a 5k!

The walk-run program appears to work. Maybe I could do the walk-run program on a consistent basis. A little walking could make running fun. But then again I think , “What would be the fun in making running fun?”


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KAYAKID 6/16/2009 1:57AM

    Bruce, way to go! the extra days of rest helped huh? When is your next race? and what is it. 256 times harder!!! huh I think that is my ultimate goal. I haven't written it down. I will firs try a HM. You are doing great keep it up!!!!
Mike - enjoyed your blog...... emoticon

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MINDHUNTER93230 6/16/2009 12:59AM

    Dag nabbit !!! So close... emoticon

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I will run tomorrow!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I had to make signs for a free Bluegrass concert that my church is sponsoring. I spent the entire day making four ginormous signs that will help people find the concert.

I did not get to run today. Tomorrow I will run. After two days of rest I hope I will be a bit faster.

I am scheduled for an "easy" 3 mile run. I think I need to leave my timer at home. I always try to "beat the clock". The timer taunts me as I run. The timer says "you suck as a runner." I just run faster to prove the timer wrong!

This is war!

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RHYNIC 6/15/2009 1:20PM

    You really need to leave the clock home...on every day except one. Once a week try and beat the clock, the rest of the time, tell the clock....'buddy, I don't care what you say, I have all the time in the world.' I hope you had a great run. gail

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HARRINGTON5 6/14/2009 5:07PM

    I like what you said about your wife just getting out there and running. Have you ever tried that? I know you said you don't run for fun, but maybe you would enjoy it. Or, is it the competition against yourself that really gives you the thrill. Whatever it is, I hope you have a good run! Cynthia

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MINDHUNTER93230 6/14/2009 10:57AM

    We know how the running goes....How was the Bluegrass Concert? LOL emoticon

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    i didnt' make it out running today either- instead i put together a swing set in my yard while both my boys climbed on it. a worthy endeavor i think.
have fun on your run :-)

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KAYAKID 6/14/2009 1:50AM

    Good luck on your easy run (means slow pace) listen to me preach. I did a 7 1/2 mile easy run today with a pace of 11:05. I was supposed to do 6 miles at 12:00 pace. bad me but it felt so good. Have a good run!!!!

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Miscellaneous Ramblings

Friday, June 12, 2009

This blog is just a collection of my thoughts for the day.

(1) My kids think I am old. My body may have aged some. But my mind is still 19 years-old. I am thinking that this is a not a good thing.

(2) There are many diametrically opposed training philosophies. Each of these training philosophies makes sense and cites independent supporting research. I simply chose a training program that suits my preconceived notions. Of course, my training program is better than your training program. Let's say we exchange programs- you adopt mine and adopt yours - my new program, which was your old program, is still better!

(3) My wife is a very good runner. She has no training program. She just runs out of the house and down the road. She chooses her speed and distance based on what she feels like doing. She does no interval training, no timed runs, and no speed work. She just runs. Sheesh! How does she expect to get faster! Answer: She just runs and doesn't care about anything else.

(4) I went to bed last night feeling fine and woke up with a stiff neck. Must be getting old. Naw - that can't be it!

(5) My daughter eats blueberries with a spoon. She likes blueberries on her cereal. She just skips the cereal part.

(6) I read a study in Runner's World magazine about the wonderful benefits of caffeine. Five cups of coffee is supposed to make you run faster and jump higher. I like this study. I will ignore any study to the contrary. See #2 above.

(7) I decided the best way to refine my stride was to run barefoot on the carpet in my house. It worked! My stride speed got much higher. Man - did that wall come up fast. Ouch!

(8) Mental note: When running in the house I should not watch my feet. See #1 above.

(9) My Beagle chased a raccoon up a tree this morning. The raccoon could have easily done serious damage to the dog. The dog had bluff and bluster on his side so the raccoon ran away. There is a lesson there about running. Darned if I can figure out what it is!

(10) My wife can put a lot more dishes in the dishwasher than I can. I use the racks and arrange the dishes in perfect order. She piles the dishes into the dishwasher in a disorganized heap. Somehow this relates to the fact that I use a rigorous training program and she just runs. Why she runs so fast and doesn’t break any dishes is a mystery to me.

(11) I don't have anything else to put in this blog, except that can put in this blog that I don't have anything else to put in this blog.

(12) See #11 above.

Bruce Out!


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HARRINGTON5 6/14/2009 5:02PM

    Bruce, I love your humor! Thank you for the comments on my blog about fudge and popcorn. It really made me laugh. I think I am just getting old, so I can relate to every thing you say. In my mind, I am twenty (older than you) and I can't understand why my body isn't as flexible as it used to be. I haven't put my knee to the running test yet but I have been swimming a lot, so thank you for the swim things. Keep up the good work! Cynthia

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LAURYE 6/13/2009 10:40PM

    hey bruce emoticon

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Sluggish Running - Need a Break

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Yesterday, June 10th, I took it easy. I walked my dog at a brisk pace for 60 minutes. Today, June 11th, I was back on the track. My workout included:

800M jog warm up
1,600M (2 x 400M fast repeats - 2 x 400 jog between repeats) Time - 9:26

My cool down included:
400M Walk
800M jog
400M Walk

Total distance= 3,200M (approximately 2 miles)

Tomorrow I am supposed to do a slow a 3 miles. I think I may take the day off. I am feeling sluggish.


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TRILLIUM22 6/12/2009 10:28AM

    emoticon Sounds like a real good workout-- you should be proud and listen to your body about those breaks.

I'll admit I don't ever run two days in a row---although some people do.

Take care.

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KAYAKID 6/11/2009 10:08PM

    great job! nice chatting with you Have a good evening . Orlando is up by 10 go magic!!!

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MINDHUNTER93230 6/11/2009 8:48PM

    Your not alone with the sluggish feeling today. Seems like a lot of my SP friends, me included, are feeling the same. Something in the air??? I had to drag myself to the gym this afternoon. I only did 35 minutes on the treadmill, and just fizzled out. Went and sat in the sauna for 20 minutes. Everyone needs a day to slack sometimes. emoticon

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