Sunday, January 26, 2014
Whenever I think about these terms along with my senior citizen age, I get a mental image of a Seinfeld episode where George (faking a disability for advantage) is escaping from a group of angry old people – all of them, including George, riding in “Hoverounds.”
Speed is a relative term and so is sprint.
My workout plan specifies “speed intervals” once a week. I admit that I’ve let that go. My next race is a half marathon where speed isn’t as important to me as endurance. I haven’t covered that distance at one time in 8 years. Yet, in the back of my mind I want to finish about as fast as last time. I may be older but I’m not hauling as much weight around.
Speed was never important to me in weight loss. As long as the trend was in the right direction, I was very patient about reaching goal. So it’s a little surprising that I’m focusing on running speed now.
Maybe it’s a matter of maintenance. My running speed is a measure of my fitness maintenance like my scale validates my weight maintenance.
I want to maintain both.
I have more control over my weight. Increasing age hovers like a dark shadow over my fitness efforts. I may need to increase the intensity just to maintain.
According to Covert’s Rules for Wind Sprints, “Intensity is a relative term – it means pushing yourself beyond what’s comfortable”
Intensity is different for each of us and it’s time for me to pay attention to moving out of my comfort zone (safely, of course).