Faster or Farther
|February 3, 2012||Posted by Carrie under Fitness Friday, Running|
Or is it Further? I was trying to go for the alliteration… (oh wait, they’re both F’s) whatever.
Anyway – my running buddy and I were talking the other day about what’s next. That’s assuming my ankle problem isn’t such a big deal (and with 5 days rest so far it’s a million times better – things are looking up). She’s totally into the longer distance thing. She loves the mileage numbers and wants to keep adding miles to her schedule. She consistently does a 2:1 run/walk and so far has yet to have any sort of problem other than some sore feet.
Personally, I don’t thoroughly enjoy running for 2+ hours to train. Two hours is fine, when it’s taking us 2:40 to do a 12 miler, I’m kind of done. I think the length of time that I’m pounding on my joints is plenty.
I want to get faster. I’m not talking anything earth shattering, I’d just love for my regular runs to be comfortably in the 10:00 range. I want to break 30:00 for a 5K. I don’t want to run for 3 hours (unless it’s a marathon someday – shhh, don’t tell my husband – I did say “someday”).
I came across an interesting article the other day. It was really talking about running longer than 26.2 miles in preparation for a marathon. But, what I found interesting is the discussion about all the damage to your body after running 26.2 miles. That’s not saying that people shouldn’t do it, it’s just saying that you need to allow your body to repair itself after running a marathon.
The other more notable point is:
“Most coaches and exercise scientists now know that your body doesn’t see a significant increase in training benefits after running for 3 hours. The majority of physiological stimulus during long runs occurs between the 90 minute and 2:30 mark. This means that after running for 3 hours, aerobic benefits (capillary building, mitochondrial development, myoglobin levels) begin to actually stagnate or decline instead of improving. Therefore, doing a marathon as a long run builds about as much fitness as your normal 20-22 mile run.”
I was talking with someone the other day about running and she told me that she feels like she has a threshold of 6 miles. She is happy and enjoys her runs up to that distance. She feels like when she goes over that distance, things start to hurt and she develops injuries.
So, which would you choose? Faster or farther? Any advice for my friend on why super slow distance may not be a good thing? I don’t know why I feel like its not a good thing… Do you have a time threshold on your training?
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