Tagged: running the mile
December 3, 2022 at 10:29 am #16597
Just got finished the first session of the winter season. I’m still glowing. Kati and Bill joined me and we did a fairly easy workout which included a detailed breakdown of squat mechanics. Great job guys! Right now we are in the Agility Block and we’ll start hammering soon. This will carry into the Strength Block as well. Hope to see you Saturday mornings at 9amMT!December 7, 2022 at 10:21 pm #16625
Just did the workout B, mobiflow. Rad music in the vid. Going through the movements really showed me how weak my core and, as a result, my lower back have gotten. Excited to rebuild that strength! See you Saturday!December 10, 2022 at 8:53 am #16627
Wow, Mighty K-Katt 666 Devil Runner. You are as humble as you are AWESOME! Glad you liked the tunes and if you need help with your Katt-like mobility, God help us all!January 8, 2023 at 2:17 pm #16920
Hello “Dotty,” (and T2 peeps)
I pulled the trigger and registered for a bucket list race I’ve been wanting to do for a few years, Bigfoot 40 Mile. I’m feeling excited/nervous since I feel out of shape. It’s in August so I have lots of prep time! Looking forward to building a strong base to support my body on this adventure!
So happy that masterclasses have begun for 2023!!! Does anyone else have events they are training for?
-KatiJanuary 8, 2023 at 2:34 pm #16921
Hey Thanks for sharing and I’ll help you with your plan for that sasquatchy Goal! Running Demons will support ya. I’ve also got a couple goals that are taking shape. First, I want to get back to bowhunting this fall. I’m training my replaced shoulder to get stronger so I can draw my bow. It will have been a two year process, but that’s how some goals go…you gotta stay committed. Next, I’ll run a 5:59 mile in my 59th year. I’m hoping to go sub-6 at 60 but this year is the test. Never say die!January 8, 2023 at 2:36 pm #16922
Maybe I’ll join you on the 5:59 journey because I have also wanted to break the 6 minute mark.January 9, 2023 at 7:09 am #16923
Wow, that’s cool and it’s got me thinking. After that goal came together and I put it out there I thought I’d do two things.
First would be to invite (not force) a few others to join us in this campaign. Running the mile is a unique test of fitness and it’s actually a fun (in my opinion) training project. Not for everybody but could be for many or most.
Next is to talk briefly about what makes it hard and what makes it easy/fun or at least interesting.
The hard part about running a fast mile is that you have to do mile-specific pace training on a measured course. Track is best but a flat road works when markers are painted on or cairns are placed next to the road at 1/8 mile increments (if accurate). If you don’t get proficient at running the mile pace you simply won’t run to your potential. While a lot of your training is just jogging and athletic durability work (should make up 80% in the off season), it’s the strategic, specific interval training that gets the job done. That 20% of training which is the faster stuff is a mix of race-pace and faster (but shorter) reps. You have to build both a decent amount of endurance and hone your speed mechanics enough to run the mile well. Doing only long distance trail jogging won’t be adequate. But doing no jogging at all will limit your aerobic development.
The easy part of all this is you don’t have to run marathon level distance or do exhaustive, time-consuming beatdown grinders. Keeping it fresh and zesty is key…and it feels good (mostly). And the fitness you gain from this serves you well wherever you go after your mile campaign. This could be toward shorter speed or court and field sports…or more endurance-based stuff like a trail ultra.
But, and this is really important…you gotta be consistent. Not flashy, but consistent. Missing or skipping more than a few key workouts will probably result in major excuse-filled loserville. Not being mean, just honest. So I say this to myself and to anyone else interested in the journey…think it over, and if you are going to commit, stay strong and steady. Use this Forum to support your endeavors. There are always going to be work, weather, and family factors. Keep fitting in your training. When it’s time to push, bear down. When it’s time to coast…really go easy.
If enough of you want to join Kati and I in this quest, I’ll start putting Running Demons workouts in here every week. It will be an adjunct to the main Tribe training and I’ll tell you how to blend it all in. We’ll probably train Feb through April and then bang away at the goal May and maybe June. Then it’s on to other things. That’s probably the last point…seasons don’t last forever. If you try to stretch it out all year it won’t work.
With love from Daddy.
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