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Thursday, March 19, 2009

spring training

A friend recently mentioned in an email that racing season has begun.

Huh? It ends?

Sure, there are fewer races during the winter (I had none in January), but I'm always running and racing year-round.

Thankfully, it is no longer dark out during on weekday-evening runs. We can finally stop running loops around the community college parking lots -- unfortunately one of the only places to run when it's dark. Boring, but safe.

Today we're talking about spring training tips for Take it and Run Thursday at the Runners' Lounge

And to kick off my spring training, I've joined a racing team coached by the owner of my favorite running shop.

Tuesday nights, he's having us do hill workouts. Last week, we ran 200 meters up a bridge at 5K race pace, five times. (Though, we were actually a bit too fast. It was more of a sprint or one-mile race pace!)

This week, we did six, and we'll add a hill each week until we get to 12. (I'm predicting we will no longer be sprinting at this point.) We will then move to the track for speed work.

In the past, I've done occasional hilly runs. Or occasional track work. This is the first time I've attempted to add them to my schedule regularly. I'm interested to see if it works!

For people that are just starting to run, look for beginner programs in your area. It's much easier to start when you've got lots of company.

Look up running clubs in your area. It's likely they'll have a 'start to run' program in the spring. Our club's program starts at the end of April, and gradually takes class members from walking to running, with a graduation 5K in July.

Come on ... anybody can do it.

Get out there, and enjoy the spring weather!

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At 10:10 PM, March 19, 2009, Blogger J said...

I think that you will see some positive results from adding the hills and speed workouts into our schedule! Gook luck!! Running with a group for those interval runs is definitely a good idea!!

At 9:42 AM, March 20, 2009, Blogger raulgonemobile said...

I may have to join up with the local club.. it's not a bad idea.

I like doing those hill sprints.. they're hard, but you definitely get stronger from them.


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