Posts Tagged ‘Training’


In Daily Exercise Summary on June 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Well my adventure suffered a severe set back. I think that I actually had swine flu. Those around me argue that it was severe reactions to the pollen that has infested the state of Rhode Island. The effects have lingered for some time. In essence, they sidelined me for 10 straight days. I still have substantial respiratory and sinus issues, but I’m now able to run for about a mile and a half before I need to stop. I just can’t go any further without feeling like I may have a stroke.

I’m running the mile and a half at an 8:15 pace, just trying to keep my legs fresh. They still feel good, and my conditioning doesn’t seem to be problematic. I just can’t seem to breathe properly. Oh well. We are back, and soon I will be better.


Bob Timmons, Off ‘N Running, and the Shoe Situation

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on May 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Well it’s been a little while since I posted anything other than nonsense about what running I have been doing, and I have a number of posts that I have been meaning to write. I have two product reviews that I need to get posted ASAP, but those are boring anyway, so I will tell the story that I want to tell.

The blog post that I wrote about Bob Timmons has been far and away the most popular blog post that I have posted here. Also, it elicited a request for 100 words to be published in Runner’s World. Of course, I asked them to let me know if they were going to publish the commentary. They did not. So I was not expecting it to make the publication, by the way, if you are going to write anything for a living, you learn to live with rejection. Every writer is rejected, repeatedly. The amateur writer gets rejected once, and never writes anything again. The professional writer works through rejection, in the same manner that you run up a particularly gruesome hill.

I am close to a professional writer. As a ph.d. student, and soon to be assistant professor, the most important aspect of your work is getting published. I get rejected, a lot. So I was ok with this.

Well, we go into Off ‘N Running to buy some detergent, and I quickly get into a discussion regarding why I am wearing Saucony Omnis when the Saucony Progrid Hurricanes look to be a higher end shoe that meets the same specs that I require. I have not answered this question to my satisfaction yet, but after this post, I will be firing off an email to the good folks at Saucony. Well, after going through all of this with the poor girl and she was pretty sure that I had no interest in buying the shoe (not gonna pay full retail price, when there is a Saucony outlet 10 minutes from my mom’s house), we found the new edition of Runner’s World. When I flipped to the Running Commentary section, sure enough there was my 100 words on Timmons. It was right next to Jim Ryun’s thoughts on the letter.

P.S. the girl at Off ‘N Running is very nice, and I try to buy stuff other than my running shoes there because they offer a service to the community that other shoe stores fail to do. I just can’t afford $130 shoes, when I can get them for $75 elsewhere. Regardless, this Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:15-8pm, they will be hosting a small training to help explain stretching specific for runners. I will be there. If you are in the Greensboro area, you may want to stop in.

Pretty good for a fat kid that started running two years ago…

Go buy the magazine, but if you don’t get a chance, here is what it said:

As a college coach, I understood the article regarding Bob Timmons relationships with his athletes. What I saw was a teacher trying to impart life lessons through competition. I truly believe that you can not find out the limit of the human spirit until you accept that the only failure is quitting. There are consequences for a devotion to competition, both in life and athletics. I hope that I am correctly teaching my students to walk the line between giving everything that they have towards a goal and nurturing those relationships that define your life.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Running Boredom

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on April 23, 2009 at 12:17 am

Although, I attack this issue through math in my head or working out other problems while I run, a number of people have talked to me about how boring they find running lately. Although, it may just not be the exercise activity for you, or you may simply have this problem with all forms of exercise, you need to deal with this if you hope to train for an endurance event. This is a psychological phenomenon.

I have a few thoughts on this topic:

1) You are doing the same activity over and over. I think this is bread through the simple 12 week training strategies put forth by the running experts, i.e. run for 30 minutes on Tuesday and run for 30 minutes on Thursday.

If you change up your pace, distance, practice method, time of the day, place where you run, what is playing on your ipod, etc., you will be able to overcome this boredom.

2) You don’t like to be alone inside of your head with nothing to do but think for that long of a period of time. Let’s face it, some of our lives do not need to be scrutinized that diligently or they become scary.

In this case I would recommend finding a running partner. Someone to talk to will make this process much easier for you, whenever the bad man in your head comes knocking. If you can’t find a running partner, get an ipod and go real loud. One of the reasons I like the gym so much, is that there is always something else going on or someone to make fun of in your head while you run (con, surely someone is making fun of you in there head).

3) You are running to stay in shape because you no longer play competitive sports.

If this is the case, you need to either compete or deal with the boredom. Running can be competitive; actually it is more competitive than most sports. You have so many competitors in running. There is the person on the treadmill next to you, there is your personal record, and there is no limit to people or things you can run against.

I also found an article through men’s health that deals with this issue.

Need Advice

In Running Gear on April 16, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Well, I’m getting ready to take a step into the 21st century with regard to training. I would like to acquire a training aide with gps, heart rate monitor and calorie computation features. I have narrowed my search to Suunto and Garmin. I’m trying to decide between the Suunto t6c and the Garmin 405CX.

Considering the cost of these devices, I would like to get some actual user feedback. I’m especially interested as to whether you would pay the money again for the device. Do they have any recurring problems when actually used? What effect did it have on your training.

Personally, I think it would be a great help, not necessarily for the information I receive, but it would be a whole new set of numbers to play with in my head while I run (See Treadmills). Did you have any unexpected benefits with your device?

Let me know what you all think.

April 8, 2009

In Daily Exercise Summary on April 9, 2009 at 8:41 am













Time Intervals



I was able to get up yesterday before class and get to the gym. Got a good quick run in and a total of 50 minutes on the treadmill. That makes me feel better. I then had class, drove to Birmingham and caught a plane. I’m thinking tonight will be a late workout, around 6:30ish. I’m going to eat lunch at noon and try to give myself 6 hours to digest. I hate doing this and envision complications this evening, but it is my only option considering that I still need to get sleep today.

Bob Timmons

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on March 31, 2009 at 4:03 am

It’s now quarter to 4 in the morning, and I can not sleep. We had our hockey team’s annual banquet this past weekend. There was one speech in particular about skill, talent and effort, then there was something about taking the lessons with you through life. I feel like I have taken those lessons that I learned playing hockey as a kid through life. The most important being that you can always find a little something more to give of yourself, but it is only when you think that there is nothing left that you will find it.

This lines up real well with an interesting story in this month’s edition of Runner’s World about Bob Timmons. He held similar beliefs. Putting his runners through ridiculous training, risking injury, burnout and despair to try and get the absolute best out of them. Many of his runner’s never got the point. Usually, kids don’t get the point until a number of years later when they have more experience and see that they have learned lessons which help them through life. In this case, there were a number of obvious cases of people who still hadn’t realized what he was trying to teach them.

That is probably the failure of that teaching style, but as far as living, there seems to be a number of drawbacks as well. Living your life in a manner where you are always trying to improve or perform better doesn’t allow you to enjoy the things that you do have. I have tried to reconcile these two contradictory forces as well as I can. Although, when it comes to my new determination to run, I think I will focus on always finding a little more. This is why I race the person next to me on the treadmill. If they are better right now, I have to work harder to get better.

It is also why I cringe when I hear that someone is just trying to finish a race. Every single one of us has it inside ourselves to finish a half marathon or marathon. There are simply too many cases of people overcoming incredibly physical disabilities or infirmities to accomplish this goal that they have set to believe that we can not. If we can learn to live with not winning, then it becomes easier to compete. If your goal is to finish the marathon in 4 hours, once you accept that you will live to fight another day if you finish in 4 hours and 25 minutes, then you haven’t lost because you are still in the game. Compete. It brings the best out in you, and when you think there is nothing left, find it somewhere.


In Musings, Rants and Explanations on March 26, 2009 at 12:13 am

I run on treadmills. I work out at a nice gym at a large state university. We have lots of treadmills. I have never waited longer than 2 minutes for a treadmill, and I can count on my hand how many times I had to do that. Still, purists claim that I will lose pace come race day. Well, I won’t have a race if I don’t train at all.

I’m fat, I’m old, I just don’t like running outside. I don’t like running on tracks, I don’t like running on the street, I don’t like green eggs with my ham. I won’t run regularly enough if I do not train on treadmills. I am not ashamed. I do hear snickering when I tell people that I train on a treadmill. Oh well.

There are a number of reasons that I prefer the tread mill.

1. It is easy to keep track of my pace and distance.

2. It is more comfortable on my body over long periods of time.

3. I can watch tv while I run.

4. I am not alone when I run.

5. It gives me all kinds of numbers to constantly do math.

Let me try to explain these items. I like to do math while I run. I don’t know what other people do to keep themselves from going insane, but I do math. I was very surprised how emotionally challenging it was to run a half-marathon. The math helped me keep my focus and pulled me back in when my brain wanted to quit. While I am doing my math, I like the security of having other people around. I also race the person next to me. I don’t like to get off the treadmill before them or run slower than the people next to me. Last spring there was a girl that ran around the same time as me everyday, she kicked my ass. I couldn’t beat her. The tvs are nice for the times where I just can’t do any more math. It is the same function of the bands on the race course, or even the fans, a small distraction that is easy to leave behind. For one reason or another, my knees and hips prefer it if I train on a treadmill. No soreness means that I will run again soon. Finally, I love to make that machine go faster and watch the time numbers increase. It is gratifying. Instantly so.