8.07.2007

I Feel the Need for Speed

Or at least my own version of it. Flo Jo I'm not. Yet. This morning was the first speed training session. What exactly is a speed training session? Typically you jog a 1 mile warm-up at your local high school track (for the softer surface). Then you run a series of speed intervals, followed by a 1 mile cool down. The idea is that these intervals help you increase your overall endurance and eventually train your body to run faster. Yep.

Since today was the first, of what will be many gradually increasing intervals, we did 8 repeats of 30 seconds "fast" and 30 seconds "normal". I say that in "" because my version of speed is obviously different from others, since I have a hard green shell on my back, but that's okay. It was speedy for me.

19 comments:

  1. hahahahahahahaha - hard green shell!

    You crack me up, Holly.

    Great job, btw!

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  2. Hey...I did my speed training this morning as well....where did you go?

    I am tired. :)

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  3. Nice work!

    I was supposed to do my speed training today but chickened out! I'm such a wimp sometimes!

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  4. Your my hero, LOL!

    I'm 25 115lbs and can barley walk a mile, oh the shame of it all!

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  5. I'll be trying a speed workout today. We'll see how it goes. You're such and inspiration!

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  6. Heather: I went to CLHS with my eyes barely open at 5:30. Where did you go?

    Suzi: Honestly, running has been a gradual process over the last few years. I gradually went from walking on a treadmill, to building up endurance to jog/run, then to running outside. I usually follow a run walk interval of 5 min. run/1 min. walk break. I'm not fast, but I try to be steady. Now it's a lifestyle and something I really enjoy!

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  7. i've done a couple "speed" workouts since i started training and they are very tiring, aren't they?

    you'll give ol' flo a run for her money in no time. :)

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  8. I commend you - speed workouts are VERY challenging!! I bet you'll be feeling it in your legs tomorrow... but it'll be a good sore!

    You go, girl!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

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  9. A Bayou......5:45! Eyes still closed as well. Oh, my gosh I was worn out! HA I think I have a green shell too. ha ha

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  10. i love the shell thing! that cracks me up. i did not run today-i'm planning to bike tonight. still feeling a little quad burn from monday's recovery!

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  11. Okay, what I'm wondering is did you always enjoy running -- even at the beginning? I think I want to be a runner, I love the idea of it. But, when I actually get on my treadmill I find it's not as dreamy as it seems when you aren't the one thundering around. So, does it grow on you, or was it a love at first sight thing?

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  12. FOTFL! You crack me up - hard green shell. Great job today.

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  13. Kelly: It definitely grows on you as you see your accomplishments! In the very beginning when starting to jog on the treadmill, it was hard. Music and TV helped. I was pleased though when after a bit I was able to jog longer, and then a little longer. You have to do what works for you, run/walk intervals are great because they give your body a break--and also it's a mental thing too. You could start somewhere around 3min run/2 min. walk (less or more based on where you are)and go from there. For me, it's been a process over 2-3 years.

    Even though some days are hard, I do love it--really.

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  14. I was born with a hard green shell which is why I don't run. Had I done the 30 fast 30 slow I would still be lying on the track.
    MERCY ME

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  15. You are so amazing! And I love the green shell comment - very clever Holly! What made you interested in being such a serious runner? Such an inspiration!

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  16. I don't know about you, but that speed workout wiped me out! I guess its a trial-and-error type of thing, because I think I ran so hard at the beginning, I was burning out towards the end. By the way, I noticed during our stretches that you are Ms. Flexible! I could barely reach my toes to stretch! Do you do yoga too?:)

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  17. You give some inspiration to trying some speed work. Many of us are afraid to try it, and even more reluctant to refer to it as speed work. Thanks for the motivation.

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  18. Ah FloJo! I had many pictures of her on my bedroom walls when I was in high school. I wanted to have a little bit of that speed too.

    Good luck with the interval training, it's hard for me to even imagine trying to run fast these days.

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  19. so that is what that hard green this on my back - i had been wondering . there is no one slower than me i promise.

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