Zoned Out

This morning I had 5 miles to run and decided it would be wise to do some speed work so I hit my treadmill instead of the streets, even though it was warm enough outside. There is so much to think about when it comes to running. Run fast to get fast, run slow to burn fat, run long for endurance, run hills for strength… It makes me crazy. And who ever said “hills are your friend” should be shot. I live in a very hilly part of the county and I know hills help, but it is more of a love/hate relationship than a friendship.

One detail I have learned that is very important is to train within my 5 aerobic zones for different workouts. Zones? Running is the most technical to train at to improve, cycling and swimming are more go out and keep doing it to get stronger. I was surprised to learn that by training hard all the time in running, I was actually regressing in my progress. Sure I could run faster for short distances, but my long distances were slowing down. I have since learned to wear a heart rate monitor always, make sure I have quality even paced runs, some speed work, and yes – even walking on my active rest day to push my zones 1 and 2 up. My gym, Lifetime Fitness, is very good at encouraging people to discover their aerobic zones and work within them. Something to think about…

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

3 thoughts on “Zoned Out

  1. The hardest thing for me to grasp while training for my first marathon was to run slow (on the long runs) so that I could race fast…..I was the type to go out and try to have every single run I took on, weather it was 3 miles or 20 miles, at sub 8 min pace. Yeah, I could do it easy, but I kept on hearing. “Take these runs slower, the time on your legs are more important”. “Use your other training days for your speed workouts.” As you know, it worked. I had a pretty decent first marathon experience…..

  2. Great reminder. I do my speed work on the treadmill, too. And, I’ve had to learn to “love” hills. Love to be done with them!

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