Monday, July 29

Well, it happened again. You’ve wasted another hour listening to Car Talk! LOL actually I mean that I woke up at 5 am before my alarms went off. I took my time but got out of the house around 5.35 am. I also overestimated the distance and went a little too far because my total workout time was 35 minutes. To summarize:

8 minutes walk
4 minutes run
45 seconds walk
4 minutes run
45 seconds walk
4 minutes run
1 minute walk
4 minutes run
8.5 minutes walk home

A nice thing about being here at the beach is that, when I’m done with my run, I can go to the outside hose/shower and hose myself down afterward. It’s very humid down here.

The great news is that I’ve hit the 4 minute run! I wouldn’t have believed it possible a month or so ago. I really have to credit The Little Red Book of Running for reaching this goal. It’s such a great little book!

 

Saturday, July 13 (and some thoughts)

So, I’ve been reading a couple of books on running: Scott Douglas’s The Little Red Book of Running (Skyhorse Publishing) [GREAT BOOK!], and Brian Martin’s Running Technique (Amazon Digital Services) [the verdict is still out on this one].

I have been trying to increase the time of my runs (not necessarily the distance), and Scott Douglas’s book has some very good advice: Slow down. So I slowed down, and I did my 4  3.5 minute runs. So: 8 minutes of running, followed by 3 sets of 3.5 minute run and 1 minute walk, another 3.5 minute run, and then a walk all the way home for a total of 32 minutes.

Run/jog time: 14 minutes

Walk time: 18 minutes

I’ve looked at a lot of stuff online (minimalist running, Chi running, etc.), and I finally decided that I was going to run the way I normally did when I was on cross-country–good posture, loose shoulders and neck, and a little bending at the knees. It felt really good! Has anyone else struggled with all these different types of techniques?