So, yes, back to the original question, lol. :) The interval training that you are discussing is indeed effective, even for newer runners, as others have mentioned below. I'm using it a couple of times/week now, based on a training plan that is aimed at improving my 5K time for a 12/10 holiday run.
I had that problem too - "qualifying" my running with the "fine print" of saying that I use intervals on longer distances. That is, until I had to defend my first half marathon from a couple of detractors who asked, "Did you run the whole way?" "Oh, well, then you didn't REALLY run it."
Pfft! Hearing that dis' from someone else made me realize it was so wrong. I owned that 13.1 mile RUN. :) :) :)
I was a tad off topic, speedwork really does help. any good training program will have a blend of long/slow distance as well as running to maintain a tempo and then some form of speedwork. congrats on taking the plunge training for your first half. sounds like you are well on your way.
I did a run/walk on my 1/2 marathon 9:1 and finished 17 seconds slower than I did when I ran the whole way...I also felt less sore and recovered so much faster. I did NOT consider myself any less a runner because I walked...
I think it's all relative but I say I will always be a runner...whether I do a run/walk or a straight run or whether I do speedwork or a slow LSD run...it's about what I consider myself and not what others classify me...I will never be a jogger---I will ALWAYS be a RUNNER!!!
And for my clients I tell them if you have the heart and desire to call yourself a RUNNER you are a RUNNER!!!! That is a lesson I learned from a guy I met running his 10th Chicago Marathon--having run over 20 Boston Marathons.
I see jogging as simply one type of running. My association with jogging is one of relaxation and energy-saving, efficient movement so by that definition all my runs except for speedwork, which I rarely do, are jogging.
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I totally agree with the others. you are a runner. this is a quote from one of my older blogs that I think fits this pretty good
"....Something good always awaits me everytime I lace up. Sometimes I am rewarded with the best time I have ever done. Sometimes it is a lesson in what not to do so I can be better at it next time. Sometimes it is something far bigger...
Sometimes it is just realizing that being a runner does not start because you completed some magical distance but I believe it begins when you lace up because you want to, not because you have to in order to acheive some fitness goal. You are out there for a million non-fitness reasons but because you are out there, you get all of the fitness benefits.
Thank you Coach Nancy for your comment about jogging...I am a slower runner but I am still a runner. I can't run a mile in 5-7 minutes but it doesn't make any less of a runner it just makes me that much stronger. I ran my first half and I had my HR at 90% of my max HR for 2:46:08 and one of the girls that I go to races with, who finished in 1:43:52, told me there is no way she could run for almost 3 hours.
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I wonder if there is an official pace that defines 'running' as opposed to jogging? I'm definitely a slow jogger/runner but I have been doing some speed drills, with a coach from our local running club. After our midweek runs, we do 5x50yds each starting at 60% of max and going up to 80% of max speed. Once a week, we do something different, with respect to increasing speed. I recall doing mile repeats x 3 with a goal of doing each mile in a similar time. We were each given an individual goal according to our most recent 5K pace. Last week, we did 1/4 mile repeats, each with a goal time and then an equivalent rest time before the next repeat. Even though I'm not a fast runner, it was kind of fun.
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I am going to say that I really don't know the difference between jogging and running except the spelling...pace is pace. Whether I am doing an 11 min LSD run or a 9:40 interval both are running in my eyes...the pace is just different.
That's a fantastic way to improve your overall pace for your upcoming half marathon. Adding this type of interval workout once a week or every other week is a great workout. Just make sure you warm up well before you start running fast or you could injure yourself. Warmup by doing an easy jog for about 15-20 minutes, and then gradually pick your speed up a few times for maybe 50 yards or so. Then start the speed work you just did. Also jog easy for about 15-20 minutes to cool down or do some cool down exercises.
Try to get to where you do one or two more of those intervals each time you do that workout.
Also the day following a workout like that should be easy or a rest day. never do two days of intense running workouts on back to back days.
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I'm a jogger training for my first half marathon. Yesterday, in addition to my jogging run, I decided to really run - not an all out sprint, but at a pace that I wouldn't be able to maintain more than 1/2 mile.
I ended up doing two 1/2 mile loops as hard, hard runs with a 1/2 mile walk in between. I ran hard enough that I couldn't have said a sentence without taking a breath at the end - I was really gasping and my legs burned. Normally I jog at a pace that I could keep a clipped conversation going.
Today - I feel great/sore. I am wondering if anyone else somehow introduces hard runs for shorter distances into their regular training routine, and if it actually helps or just makes me feel like I'm exercising hard?
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