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3/26/11 7:52 A

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I am aiming for distance with good time so each time I increase my distance and reduce the time.


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3/24/11 3:19 P

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My long runs are on Sundays and I go for distance. I try to maintain a reasonable pace but one that is slower than my shorter runs. During the week, I try to run one 5K at race pace or better. Trying to get faster at that distance. Then I will run one or two medium paced days for neither. Just until I feel I have done enough.

I am training for a 1/2 so I do need to gradually add distance on the long run. I only try to add 1 mile a month.

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3/23/11 3:27 P

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I run in the country so it's easy to mark the miles. I usually run a certain distance, most often now a couple of 4-mile runs before work and a longer run of 6+ miles on the weekend. I work on improving my speed on the shorter runs and my endurance on the longer run. I plan for intervals sometimes, or hills, to work on different things.

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3/23/11 9:22 A

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Since I'm new to running, I run for time. I may extend my "cool down" time to reach certain mileages though.

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3/22/11 10:26 P

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I tend to do both as well. My weekend runs, which are longer distance, are for miles, but midweek I will often run for time, usually between 30-45 minutes.

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3/22/11 10:26 P

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I'm having a hard time learning that lesson too. I seem to start out saying I'm not going to push myself and learn to enjoy the run; not just the great feeling afterwards but I can't seem to do that. I always end up pushing. I think it is because I run with my husband, different directions so we can pass each other occassionally. He runs so much faster than I and has the endurance of a energier bunny. I think I feel I need to be able to do what he does and I have the bar raised way too high.

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3/22/11 7:35 P

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Hi....

I do both and even more than both....

ENDURANCE RUN
A long distance run is done to cover miles - but the time is much slower than on shorter running days.

On non-long run days one can run with different objectives in mind. One can run for 60 minutes and work on many different things or one can just say I'm running 5 miles and just run with no objective at all in mind.
DRILLS: There are different drills one can use that increase cadence, form, or something else.
HILLS: Hill training builds strength.
PACE: Many runners practice maintaining the same pace or negative splits for their run.
SPEED: For more experienced and stronger runners many use speed drills to increase speed.
FUN: It is important sometimes to not have a purpose for a run other than to enjoy the scenery along the way and talk to running buddies.

A beginner may simply want to set a time rather than distance to run on non-long run days. Depending on weather and how you body is reacting to life itself you may be able to run 4 miles in 45 minutes and on another day may be able to only run 3 miles in 45 minutes. The effort is still there.





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3/22/11 7:00 P

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I do both, sort of. My long runs are for miles. My normal daily runs are a combination. I run a certain distance until I can run it in 45 minutes (I only run 3x a week, so I go for 45 min. instead of daily 30 min. runs.) When I can do that distance in less than 45 minutes, I add an extra block or about 5 minutes to my run. I run that distance over & over until I'm running it in under 45 then I add a tiny bit more.

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3/22/11 5:36 P

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I go for distance. Distance distance distance. I add 1/2 mile each week and however long it takes me it takes me. I do that 3 times a week. I do not do speed work I do not do anything except get out there and run. This year that is what I am focusing on. MAYBE next year since my body will have a year to adjust I will start to POSSIBLY throw in a little speed. For now though...I run for distance, and I do not care how long it takes me. I LOVE MY RUNNING! (I JUST started loving it on Feb 19..yup I remember the day lol) :-D

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3/22/11 4:33 P

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I guess it depends on what you want to do and what you are capable of?

When I do the C25K or any other training program, it is geared towards time, so I just do that. Eventually I would like to just get out and run for an hour and it would be nice to know how far I do go.

I suppose if I started training for a 1/2, then I would go for distance.





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3/22/11 4:08 P

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Jodrx..

That's the same problem I think I have. I wear myself out and push myself too hard and then I find no enjoyment in the run. I really want to enjoy the act of running..not just how I feel when I'm done!

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3/22/11 4:00 P

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I run for minutes not miles, but I'm always wanting to improve my pace, which I'm learning has to come slowly. I was forcing it and wearing myself out too much and hating it.
Saturdays I run a 5k on the treadmill... that's my only distance running.

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3/22/11 3:50 P

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GONERSGIRL,

I actually do both. My Monday easy runs are always for time 30 minutes and the other runs are for distance. As my former running coach used to kid me when I insisted we run for distance, your body does not have odometer--any run you do will benefit your running performance. These are words I live by 4 years later...

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3/22/11 3:49 P

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When I started the c25k I ran for time. After I finish that I still ran for time. I have started an 10k program and I run for both time and miles.

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3/22/11 3:35 P

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I always start out thinking I'm going to just run for time and then I end of throwing that out the window and pushing myself and making myself hit the 2 or 3 mile mark. The, of course, I'm unhappy because I forced myself..but I can't stop thinking about the MILES!!!!

Is it better just to run for time and stop pushing myself to hit a distance marker?

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