Monday, May 26, 2008

Saturday Roadwork

45 minutes on Saturday.

5 comments:

M said...

Whoa! 45mins! How many Ks?

M said...

My bad....how many miles? :-)

Furio said...

Clarify something for me: do you jog for roadwork or do you run as fast as you can keep a steady pace? Also, I try to do 2.5 hours for my triathalon but I get REALLY bored, what do you do to keep occupied? I tried listening to music but it gets old...

Steve Imparl said...

Hey Marc and Furio,

It's all good. Thanks for commenting. I don't really count Ks or miles. I vary the routine quite a bit, so keeping track of the distance ends up being something of a distraction. For example, I'll run fast part of the way, slow down for a while, then run at medium speed, then slow down again, then sprint for short distances (basically doing intervals), then slow again. It helps me to have variety. Indeed, I always look for variety.

Other ways to keep the roadwork interesting include running fast on one day, then slower the next day, and going fast again on the third day. Another thing that I have found helpful is to do a really long run at a fast pace, then take the next day off. Yet another possibility is to do some sessions on a treadmill just to break up the routine and give your ankles and knees a bit less pounding than they get when you run on pavement or concrete.

Overall, the more variation I introduce into the routine, the more likely I am to stick with it. I have gotten different advices from my boxing coaches over the years, too. For instance, one advised his boxers to run 6 days a week, for 20 minutes each day, as fast as you could keep going for 20 minutes. Another coach recommended doing interval training (sprints) over a 30-minute period of time. A third trainer suggested doing 30 minutes a day at a fairly slow pace, even on days when you're doing boxing training.

So you can see there are many ways to do it. Also, I have to remember that I am doing the roadwork to train for boxing, not for an intensive running event.

I hope this helps,

Furio said...

That sounds a lot like my routine! To be honest, I can't wait for the event to be over so I can drop my time down to something like 20 mins. I am waaaay behind on sleep lol