John H.

John H.

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Run - Days 37-39

  • Nov 15th, 2019 at 12:37PM

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Did fartlek in the darklek...mostly cloudy day, so around 5pm it was pretty hard to see. I went down to the waterfront where there is an asphalt walk surrounding a soccer field that is just the right length for 1 minute runs. I programmed my Garmin via my iPhone to do the repeats of 1 minute higher effort and 1 minute recovery, and I remember doing similar repeats a long time ago, and the idea that impressed me most was that when running fast, one should relax as much as possible. I noticed that at first, when I was doing fast intervals, I would tense and contract my muscles, thinking that I needed to do that to power my way faster. I then tried to relax as much as possible while doing the same intervals to see if I went any slower, and I found that I went slightly faster by relaxing. I know it sounds like a contradiction, to relax while trying to increase speed, but I think that tension is unnecessary.

I hope everyone is stretching and foam rolling, so as to avoid injuries. Have a great weekend. I will be running in snow Upstate...

 
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6 comments

Audrey W.Audrey W.Alumni
about 2 years ago

Fantastic effort! Can't wait to read about your run in the snow!


    Claire S.Claire S.Kenzai Member
    about 2 years ago

    I keep forgetting to foam roller, so thank you for the reminder


      Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Member
      Trainerabout 2 years ago

      A Darklek...nice! Good strategy making use of that waterfront running area. Looks like you really pushed the pace from the look of those numbers, excellent work! Have a great weekend...hopefully not too cold of one.


        Kathleen C.Kathleen C.Kenzai Member
        about 2 years ago

        Glad you picked a safe place to fartlek in the darklek, no injuries allowed. Be careful in the snow.


          Stefan N.Stefan N.Alumni
          about 2 years ago

          Dang, was that a 7-8 effort? You have some burst! Good job! Keep that up for 26.2 mi and you have yourself a sweet serious marathon time.


            Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Member
            Trainerabout 2 years ago

            Running in the snow. Urgh that is my idea of hell. You are obviously a very experienced runner. It must be boring reading about some of us newbies nearly passing out with our fartleks!


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