Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ugh! Repeats!

So, yesterday, I took a killer weight lifting class. My arms are a bit soft, so getting some upper body strength is my goal. This class is for the total body, though, and being a runner, I definitely added some weights for the squats and lunges. I scheduled 30 minutes on the treadmill today and thought since I got such good weight training in last night, I should do half-mile repeats. I like repeats because I can go faster than my normal pace for 2 laps, then walk for a lap. However, it has been a very long time since I did repeats (like a year), and I forgot the stiffness that can ensue from running so quickly. Now, I am at work, and every time I have to get up, my legs scream at me. I can actually hear them saying "OMG! What the heck were you thinking?" If it weren't for the knowledge that repeats help increase speed during distance runs, I think I would cry.


  1. The usual progression is to have a good base going for a while, then do strength work (hills), then speed work. I can give you some good speed workouts that I used with the SD Triathlon Club and also from Charlie Givens. Both of those particular workouts really worked for me.

  2. Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

  3. Sue, that would be great. I misplaced the paper you gave me before. I put it in one of my books just before we moved, and now I can't find the book. I really need to finish unpacking the garage. I have only been living here a year!