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Take the beat back
Pursuant to yesterday's 365 photo post, I am feelng good today. Not really sore, not really achey. This is the benefit or running sssllllloooooowwwwwwlllllyyyy, like a hippo, in that you aren't as sore the next day. I suppose we could debate the relatively effectiveness or potential gain, cardiovascular or otherwise, from running like a maimed three-toed sloth, but lack of soreness is clearly a very good one. I would propse, were I an expert in evolutionary biomechanics, that running slowly produces little next-day soreness is excellent for pre-Twinkie era man insofar as this allows for further ability to run down food if the previous night's attempts were unsuccessfull. Some amount of research shows that slow running is really how we evolved in order to run down food on the planes. You don't need to outrun your dinner but outlast it in the heat, which we can do because we sweat.

I have an idle fantasy of doing this one day, mind you. But you really need at minimum three people in order to keep your quarry away from the pack and constantly in motion.

Also, running with RJDJ playing is brilliant. Now, when multitasking arrives, I can listen to it AND track my run (and molest the iPhone battery).

Anyway, I feel good-but-tired because my doctor has vanished and hasn't refilled my decongestant and thus, I didn't sleep so well last night.

Allergies are jerks.

I had some other thing I wanted to mention but I've lost it so here's a picture of Electra eating cabbage:
Cabbage Cat

I am listening to my Architecture in Helsinki/Of Montreal mashup playlist. Weird....

Lastly: I will NOT use my tax refund to buy an Olympus PEN. NOT. >_<

Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: Of Montreal - Mimi Merlot Beatnik Version

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tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: April 22nd, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
how quickly (slowly) were you running?

Everything I keep reading says the key to running fast for a long period of time is to run slow for a long period of time, often.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 22nd, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Between 4.8 and 5.2 MPH. I set the treadmill to switch occasionally to give me a little rest.

I.. don't really get how that works. I think the key is to train your body to complete long distances and, from that, you gain the ability to complete shorter distances with greater alacrity as a side-effect of sorts. That's what I've gleaned from the running and biomechanics books and articles I've read.

And, to a degree, it makes sense. The key is to get your body accustomed to covering said distances and then you can vary speed with little difficulty.
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: April 22nd, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a good pace. That's my "happy pace" - right between 5.0MPH and 5.3MPH.

I think you're on the right track.

What kind of scares me is I want to run a marathon, but I want to do it in under 4 hours. (I'm simply not interested in spending more than 4 hours running at a time, omg) That means I have to get a lot closer to 7MPH.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 22nd, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't tell what LJ is doing with my reply to the above, so I'm adding it here too.

I KNOW. 4 hours of running is such a weird concept, weird in the eldritch sense (Firefox auto-correct doesn't know that word!) to me. Running that long feels like some fantastical construct you only see in movies, like dragons or George Clooney.

I want to be faster but running faster paces just pisses me off. I'm taking a half "Fuck It" mentality and running slower but for longer and longer. I'm hoping to get my base distance to 7 miles with no regard to time. I sort of assume I'll eventually get faster.

I think I need to start running in the morning lest I eviscerate my social life.

Um.. how exactly does your average poly guy balance dating, work and running? Why did I add this 365 project to the mix? :)
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: April 22nd, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
So it did post my comment! I thought it was eaten by the LJ Monster.

I've been having a weird thing with running on the treadmill vs. outside. I enjoy outside more, but the hills here are AWWWWWWFUL and therefore I can't do as much. But the treadmill has become so boring to me.. and also frustrating because it only lets me work in single mph increments.

I'm moving in a few weeks and it so happens it is a FLAT NEIGHBOURHOOD so maybe this will get better.

abmann From: abmann Date: April 22nd, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, ditto the treadmill versus outside running. I live in a veritable cereal bowl of hills, too, which doesn't help much. BUT I tend to run faster outside which may help with conditioning better. Je pas... I feel like I'm getting somewhere on a treadmill.. ironic, no?

I'm torn on the utility of the treadmill in the end. I feel awesome running at a constant speed seemingly for ever but it is ultimately not reflective of reality. Can it really translate into a marathon?

Moving where? New flat? House? Canada?

I think we're too A-type. :)
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: April 22nd, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I run way too fast outside. I find it freakishly difficult to precisely control my speed on my own.

Moving to a new house! It will be nice. (And flat. Have I mentioned flat? ) There's a lake nearby (.5 miles-ish) that google tells me is roughly 6 miles in circumference, so I'm looking forward to making that my goal.
world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: April 22nd, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pre-twinkie stewards and stewardesses made you chase after them to get the in-flight meal? How flight service has changed!
abmann From: abmann Date: April 22nd, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Running down stewards is easy. They can't go very far.

Twinkies, though. They're very clever...
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