I think, though, that Mr. Springsteen must've been talking to other people with that line, as I'm pretty sure I was more born to sit on a beach with an umbrella drink in my hand.
|Or, okay, in a friend's backyard with a sangria in my hand.|
However, I love and respect The Boss...
|I mean, how could you not?|
This girl, though, does not have the body of a runner:
|Dam to Dam 2012|
This was perhaps the longest introduction to a post in the history of ever, but what I really want to talk about today is how I run, the method I use to get me from the aforementioned Point A to Point B.
When I say that I "run," I use that term very loosely. My running pace is generally about 10-11 minutes per mile (turtle-slow, y'all), but I also incorporate plenty of walking in there as well, which makes my average mile pace more along the lines of 12 minutes per mile. Essentially, I employ a form of the Galloway Method in my training.
|Twin Cities Half Marathon 2012|
|Lincoln Half Marathon 2012|
Anyway, this method has proven to be very, very effective for me. First, I am not walking too much. I set a goal for myself (run to the pine tree), and I stick to it: I don't stop running early, and I don't continue walking past where I said I was going to. Second, it allows me to go further distances, as I get a bit of a "break" without actually stopping.
|Des Moines Half Marathon 2011 (first real race)|
- It is a form of interval training (which burns more calories, improves aerobic capacity, and keeps boredom at bay)
- It gives runners "control" over fatigue, exhaustion, and pain
- It helps improve finish times in races
- Runners are better able to conserve their resources by switching between a run and a walk
- Runners are able to recover more quickly after a long run
- Runners are able to better appreciate and utilize endorphins
- Muscles do not fatigue as quickly since they are being used differently
- There is less stress on joints
- The body's core temperature is reduced
|Dam to Dam 2013|
|Des Moines Marathon 2012|
Happy running, friends!