Newbie's Log 06/08/04

Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Mel Rimmer, Aug 6, 2004.

  1. Mel Rimmer

    Mel Rimmer Guest

    Last week it gave me a buzz to be able to run for 30 minutes, because
    that seemed like such a long time when I took this up less than 2 months
    ago. But this week I've got really bored with running about the same
    distance every day. Running on trails instead of roads was fun, but
    since I run from my door there are only a couple of routes I can reach
    in the length of time I can run. That's a good incentive to extend my
    range I suppose.

    Next week I'm going to try an intensity session, and I think I'll try
    different ones every week for a while. I've been reading books and
    magazines and I've become familiar with terms such as pickups, tempo
    runs, hill training, fartlek. But I don't know what they're actually
    like to do. And I'm going to vary the length of my runs more. Hopefully
    that will keep my motivation up.

    I'm still proud of myself (and somewhat amazed) to find that a) I am
    able to run long enough that I get bored, b) I have become fit enough
    that the boredom is more uncomfortable than the physical discomfort, and
    c) I have kept it up long enough that it became routine. I'm determined
    to keep running, and find ways to keep it enjoyable.

    Saturday 30 minutes
    Sunday 25 minutes trail
    Monday 30 minutes
    Tuesday 30 minutes
    Wednesday 30 minutes
    Thursday 20 minutes
    Friday dnr

    All at about 11-minute/mile pace, which is maybe the problem.
    --
    Mel Rimmer
     
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  2. np426z

    np426z Guest

    "Mel Rimmer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Last week it gave me a buzz...blah, blah...


    You've walked into a mini-maelstrom here. I think it best that you take
    you leave and come back when you're running marathons in 2:43. Things may
    have calmed down by then.
     
  3. Dan Stumpus

    Dan Stumpus Guest

    "Mel Rimmer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Last week it gave me a buzz to be able to run for 30 minutes, because
    > that seemed like such a long time when I took this up less than 2 months
    > ago. But this week I've got really bored with running about the same
    > distance every day. Running on trails instead of roads was fun, but
    > since I run from my door there are only a couple of routes I can reach
    > in the length of time I can run. That's a good incentive to extend my
    > range I suppose.


    I admit it, I get sick and tired of running in the streets of LA. During
    the week I drive about 15 minutes to the Hollywood hills which has 20 miles
    of dirt trails. On weekends, I drive about 30 minutes to more exotic
    locales.

    Running the same old pace, day after day, is mind numbing. I always
    alternate hardish/easy days. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are my harder
    days, and the others are just easy recovery.

    > Next week I'm going to try an intensity session, and I think I'll try
    > different ones every week for a while.


    If you don't do too many minutes of actual hard stuff (say only 10-15
    minutes of higher pace running), you can do this twice a week, which adds
    interest to the schedule.

    > I've been reading books and
    > magazines and I've become familiar with terms such as pickups, tempo
    > runs, hill training, fartlek. But I don't know what they're actually
    > like to do.


    There's one way to find out...just don't work too hard (never strain -- just
    go faster and breathe a bit harder. If your legs burn or your form
    deteriorates, you're going too fast.). And don't do too many minutes of
    faster stuff (the 10-15 minute rule) until you get more experienced.

    > And I'm going to vary the length of my runs more. Hopefully
    > that will keep my motivation up.


    Remember not to put two long days back-to-back, throw in a short/easy or
    rest day after a longer one. (The latter is anathema to me -- I only take
    15-20 days off a year)

    > I'm still proud of myself (and somewhat amazed) to find that a) I am
    > able to run long enough that I get bored,


    Someone once said to me "I find running boring". I replied: "Some people
    don't find themselves to be good company". I just think and think. I do
    some of my best thinking and planning on my runs.

    But lots of us need to have music, scantily clad teens, etc. to occupy our
    minds.

    > b) I have become fit enough
    > that the boredom is more uncomfortable than the physical discomfort, and
    > c) I have kept it up long enough that it became routine. I'm determined
    > to keep running, and find ways to keep it enjoyable.
    >
    > Saturday 30 minutes
    > Sunday 25 minutes trail
    > Monday 30 minutes
    > Tuesday 30 minutes
    > Wednesday 30 minutes
    > Thursday 20 minutes
    > Friday dnr


    Sounds like too much of same, same, same. No wonder you're going nuts.

    > All at about 11-minute/mile pace, which is maybe the problem.


    When you do fartleks or repeats, the time will fly, and you'll get a notch
    or two faster on your regular runs. My first introduction to speedwork of
    any kind was a counting game:

    10 strides (left leg) fast, 10 slow
    20 strides fast, 20 slow
    ....and so on up to 100, then back down to 10.
    This would cover about 8 miles and the time flew.

    It's a fun workout, and if you start out going only up to 50, a good
    introduction to speedwork. Be sure to warm up with 10 minutes or so of
    jogging before you start in with the fast stuff.

    -- Dan
     
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