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Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

getting back to it Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 11:15 am 

Have you ever had a training run after a long period of time off that felt really good? On Thursday I finally went out for my first real run in almost three weeks: 5 miles easy around the neighborhood. I'd been feeling sick (still am) and burnt out (less so now), so I really appreciated the time off, but it was great to be out again. I think I've really lost a lot of fitness though.

At the end of my run, I came across another one of those automated radar-based speed displays meant to discourage cars from speeding. Of course I had to sprint at it as hard as I could, but I topped out at 14 mph. I am not a sprinter! The world's best can run 100 meters in under 10 seconds, which is about 22 mph!


Canon City, CO
Joined: 09 Jan 2005
Posts: 44

Re: getting back to it Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 5:13 am 

Rickshaw - glad you're starting to get back at it again. There's nothing worse than being down and out for more than a couple days at a time. I think runners and fitness buffs are so used to being in tip-top shape, that when we're "under the weather," we have a harder time dealing with it. Fortunately, when we bounce back, though, it doesn't take long to regain our momentum.



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Re: getting back to it Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:09 am 

Welcome back, Rickshaw - slowly but surely, my friend, you'll get it back in no time flat!

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: getting back to it Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:32 pm 

Thanks! We'll see... I took the past few days off while traveling for Easter, and I'll be out of town again this coming weekend, but hopefully I can get in a few during the middle of this week.


South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: getting back to it Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:35 pm 

RIchshaw, if you're feeling more compeled to run because you think you "should" and not so much because you want to, then now is the time to try something different. This is the time when you can experiement without worrying about wasting a good workout. You can spend as much time as you want without worrying about getteing in a certain number of miles or minutes of running. Here are some things I've done when my desire to run gets stale:

- Change the pace of your run. Ttry going out for a SLOW run. I mean, really slow it down and enjoy the surroundings (if your surroundings have something to enjoy).

- Focus on your running mechanics. Take a video camera along with you. After some time jogging and warming up (a mile or two) set the video camera up at a convenient spot on the road, trail, or path. Set it to record and jog away from the camera about 100 meters or so, then turn around and run back. Try doing this at different speeds and, if you can, try to get video of you from the front, back, and side. Review it when you get home and see if you can spot anything about your mechanics that might need fixing; foot plant, knee/heel lift, check your stride length, arm swing, posture, shoulders, etc.). Compare your style of running with what you know, or can research, should be the correct way. This can give you something new to focus on during subsequent runs.

- Try something different. Go to a nearby high school track that has bleachers and run up the isle steps, walk down, and repeat. When I first started running back in 1988 I started by running the stairs of the football stadium at Ohio State Univeristy (Big stadium). I would run up one isle, run over to the other set, jog/walk down, run over to the next isle and run up again. I'd start at one side of the stadium and finish on the other side and go back. After doing this three days a week for a little more than a month I started running on the road and was amazed at how far I was able to run the first time (about 5 miles) without stopping. It really helped build up an aerobic base.

- Find a new trail to run. Don't worry about pace, time, or distance. Mix in some hard running on the flat portions with some slow jogging/walking on the up-hills.

You get the idea. Be creative. I've you're not in the midst of serious training then you can afford to play around a little and try different things. You must may find a new routine to fire up your desire to get back into thick of training again.

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Kansas, OK
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 100

Re: getting back to it Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:28 am 

Some pretty good advice I think. Better to change things up a bit rather than get burned out. I never want to burn out because I know my history. When I get burned out on a hobby, I give it up. Life is too short. However, I know running is not only a hobby, but an important part of my healt regimen.

I'm having a procedure done at the end of April that will knock me out of running for a few weeks, and then I will be going to India on a missions trip for most of June. So I may go almost 2 months without running. It's frightening and freaks me out a bit. But then again, the other side of my brain tells me that after marathon season, it's probably just what the doctor ordered. I will bounce back after a few weeks of running and be stronger than ever I suspect.

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