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5/12/11 8:18 A

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I run on a time schedule, but I keep a distance goal in mind. I'm training for an 8 hour ultra marathon, so I believe the time I put into training will make more of a difference than the distance. In other words, who cares if I can run a marathon in 4 hours, when the race is still going on for another 4 hours? But that's coming from an endurance runner.

If you plan on doing 5ks, 10ks, or even half marathons, I'd say train for miles. If you plan on doing marathons and ultras, train for time.

This is my running schedule for next week:
Sun: 60 min
Mon: 30 min
Tues: 45 min
Wed: 60 min
Thurs: Off
Fri: 45 min
Sat: 180 min

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5/11/11 2:29 P

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I'm not quite understanding what you mean by "after the run" But I run 3 day's a week ...I spend about 35-45 minutes on my Tuesday's and Thursday's run's...after work, Aftward's I usually take a walk to cool down and to keep my muscles from cramping up I do some gentle stretches or massage with the Stick (it has these little rollers on it and you rub it up and down on your thighs, calves, quads muscles as a type of massage) then I relax... watch TV... is that what you mean?

After my Long Runs which can take up to 1-2 1/2 hours to do....I get home do the same routine, I sit back or rest on the couch and Watch TV.. usually later on in the day when I've recovered to there I don't have any achs or pains then I will do some light House work or go out side do some light gardening- pull weeds...

That's one of the Great things about doing the Run/walk/Run is that the walk breaks helps your mind and body to recover from the work out much faster to where you can get back to doing the rest of your daily routines...house work, cooking, cleaning, mow the yard, Play with the Kids, the Family Pets...etc...

Hope that helps?

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2/25/11 8:08 P

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I'm usually going for a certain amount of distance, but I usually also have a minimum pace goal.

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2/19/11 10:30 P

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When I run a particular distance I set out a set time frame goal. The next time I run that same distance, I try to make sure to improve on the time frame.

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2/5/11 8:05 P

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Reading this thread made me happy because I see now that I'm doing what everyone else is doing. I'm finishing Week 4 of the 10K program. I run intervals on the treadmill twice a week and focus on time. Then I do a long run outside on the weekend and I focus on distance. The weekday runs actually help me do better on the weekend run. emoticon


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1/27/11 9:32 A

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On the weekdays I run for time because I have to pick up my son by a certain time each day. I work on speed those days. On the weekends I go for distance.

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1/26/11 2:41 P

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I always run for distance. It's just a habit.

Frostie, I noticed that I have or will be running a lot of the same races as you. Good luck!

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1/24/11 5:47 P

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I'm working on my distance and hoping as I get stronger I'll be faster. I have to work at it with splits. I have another 10k coming up this Saturday...and with the cold weather, I'm not *too* worried about when I finish...it's IF I finish without turning into a frozen ice cube... emoticon

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1/15/11 6:32 P

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After you do your 10K run, whether you run for distance or for time is really up to you and whether you have any special goals. I know for me, I didn't have any special goals. I ran for either distance or time, depending on the day or week, the weather, what's going on in my life, on whether I had time to run a desired distance or if I had the energy to run a certain time, etc....

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1/15/11 9:59 A

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I run outside---so I always need to make it to the front door. On my weekend runs I do have a target distance and I will do loops in my subdivision if I'm short. For my weekday runs I pretty much just run home. If I start running them fast enough that the time shortens I guess I'll change my route.

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1/14/11 8:18 A

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I run 3 times a week, 2 short, 1 long. For my short runs, I know the mileage I'm going to run, but I also know the time it normally takes me to run that distance. On those magical days where I finish 5 or more minutes earlier than normal, I go ahead and run a little further. Eventually, I find that on every short run I'm running further and that further amount becomes my new intended distance.

On my long runs, I have a distance in mind that's long enough that I know I'll have to walk some. That run takes as long as it takes.

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1/13/11 9:09 P

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That is a great questions. When I started C25K, it was all about time. Now, it is more often about distance. I usually tell myself a 'minimum', but can go longer if I want to! But, I often have a time factor, too, because I have to get home so my hubby can go to work or I have to pick my daughter up or whatever.

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1/13/11 8:48 P

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I was more asking to figure out what I want to do after my run. I am doing distance at this moment because I need to get X miles in so that I know I am ready for this 10k. Thanks for sharing what you do with me. I like to know more about what others are doing. =)

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1/13/11 8:44 P

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It just depends on what day it is -- but more often than not, I have a distance in mind...

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1/13/11 6:37 P

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I prefer to concentrate on doing the distance. Focusing on time keeps me watching the watch too much. But, there's no right or wrong answer. Either one or both is fine.

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I try and use both like the other two. Really it is what you are comfy with.

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1/13/11 1:55 P

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With my weekly runs I run a specific time (around 45 minutes), but during my long runs I always run the distance.

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I do a combination of the two with 2 30-40 minute runs during the week and then a set distance for my long runs on the weekend.

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When you run, do you run a certain distance and see what happens or do you run a specific length of time?

I am in training for my 10k, so I am doing distance, but I am trying to figure out what to do after...

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