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I Have Learned a Thing!

Friday, March 08, 2013

I am running again, trying to reignite the passion and restore my stamina. It hasn't been going all that well, if you want to know the truth. The word "lackluster" comes to mind.

But tonight I tried something different. Partly I was inspired by a recent Biggest Loser episode during which the contestants were flogged by the evil witch Gillian because they couldn't run 5 minutes at a 6mph pace. I thought, hm, I've been running for two years, am not nearly as big as those contestants, and I don't run that fast for a full 5 minutes! I wonder if I could...

I was also partly inspired by my wise friend Mary who is a fitness coach and incredible athlete herself. A while back she gave me some "Well, duh" advice, which was: If you want to get faster at running, run faster. For me running faster is running 6mph for a minute and then back down to normal pace. I've been doing this for a while and oddly I don't seem to be getting faster overall. I wonder if I could...

So tonight I tried something new, marrying together my Biggest Loser inspiration with Mary's wise advice. I did short bursts at 7mph, which felt pretty darn fast but not impossible. AND I ran a whole 5 minutes at 6mph, which felt actually kind of easy at first after struggling with the 7mph. By the end of the 5 minutes, though, I was ready to be done!

Overall I ran 2.56 miles in 30 minutes, which is really good for me!

I can see that if I want to do better, I have to actually push myself to do more than I've been doing. And that, my friends, is a good lesson to learn.
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    1896 days ago
    Sounds super!
    1898 days ago
    Interval training is the way to run faster I've been told. Good for you. Hang in there!
    1898 days ago
    Great to hear that you are speed training! Last year I decided I needed to challenge myself more, so I started doing speed training and set a goal to do a PR of a 10:10 average pace/mile in a race I had done before. At that time I was running a 12 minute mile, pretty slow and I was bored and needed to change it up. My best time was 10 years before when I did a 10:15 mile and I thought how cool would that be if 50 year old me beat 40 year old me. All fine and good, I got half way to my goal in a spring race doing a 10:35 pace...except I tore my meniscus in my knee.

    Now, please don't think I am discouraging speed training! After surgery and during recovery I did a bunch of research and learned that if you are a runner and you don't do strength training, the question is not IF you will injure yourself, but WHEN. Now, maybe you do strength training, and if so, great. But if not and you are doing any kind of speed or distance training, I highly recommend doing regular strength training. I am running again and also pursuing a strength training program so I can hopefully continue to run injury free for many years to come!
    1898 days ago
    Woo hoo.....awesome! I know that Juillian can be a brat but she doesn't seem to make them do what they can't....they sometimes just don't believe in themselves.
    1898 days ago
    Good for you. I don't run unless I'm being chased by a fire breathing dragon.
    1899 days ago
    WOW! I'm impressed! emoticon
    1899 days ago
    Oh well done! That sounds very fast to me, trotting along at 3mph...maybe I should start pushing it up too.
    1899 days ago
    emoticon you are an inspiration
    1899 days ago
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