Thanks for joining me today. This week I would like to talk about the value of long runs. I’ve always believed long runs are important, but they take time, and I haven’t been willing to spend that time to get them done over this past year. Because I have been training primarily for the 800 meters, I focused on speedwork and fast tempo runs because they could be completed in less time than slogging through a long, slower run. I had to get ready to run fast, not slow!
As I pointed out in Episode 4, New Zealand Coach Arthur Lydiard stressed what he called Marathon Training to build a strong base of long runs before you start building the faster, more strenuous speed. You can more easily handle that build if you are constructing it on top of a strong base. Click here to review Episode 4: DIRECT LINK TO EPISODE 4
I’ve had another good week of rebuilding my running condition. The foundation continues to be built around 1 long run, 1 tempo run and 1 day of intervals. I rested 1 day, and walked and played golf the remaining 3 days. The only problem I had was a slight cramping in one of the tendons behind my right knee during the second-to-the-last interval.
I have found a running group that does intervals every week, and I recommend you find one if you don’t have group already. My experience is that we motivate each other, even if it’s just getting us out onto the track every week. I also believe there is extreme value in the sharing of our experiences when we talk during the rest intervals.
Today I am also posting Episode 4 from my Children’s Fantasy, Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom:
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Thanks again for being with me today!