Thursday, September 16, 2010

Training... Mixing it up

For several years I have only run 3 days a week. I am a runner and running is my passion. I have found I am just as fit and competitive as when I ran 6 or 7 days a week. I cross-train the other days by swimming and cycling. This has given me another sport to participate in... triathlons. With this routine I run no junk miles and run between 20 and 30 miles a week. I can extend it to between 30 to 40 when I train for ultras.

I run a hill interval, tempo, and long run each week. The long run is my favorite and it is between 12 and 20 miles. Usually I use the long run to increase my weekly mileage. The tempo run is my yard stick to check progress and fitness (6 to 8 miles). The hill interval is my least favorite (5 to 6 miles). It is the hardest run of the week, but I derive the most benefit from this run. I bound up the steep part and this suffices for speed work.


Anonymous said...

You and Wayne H. are freaks of nature!! :) You all make it rough on us young guys.

Mike Mac

rundanrun said...

How are things going Mike? Wayne H. has me beat. 10 years older and faster in every category.