Sorry for the amount of posts...but every week brings questions (Read 702 times)

    Ok, I have two questions 1) My pace per mile went drastically down this morning. I felt like I may have been running faster but I was intentionally not strectching out too much...but I went from an 11:40 mile pace...to 10:30 mile pace (actually a little less, I put that I ran 4.5 miles but I really ran 4.66). I did have a rest day yesterday after 6 straight days of running...did my body just recover...is this normal. AND don't worry I am NOT going to push for this pace right now just because it happened once... 2) Why am I craving fruit soooo much. Fruit and chocolate, which are two things I never crave. I might have cravings for a #6 at Wendy's or a juicy steak...but never these things. Why am I craving these things? n
    2008 GOALS GET BELOW 175 (at 175 now) RUN 6:00 MILE (at 6:29) RUN BELOW 25:30 5K RUN BELOW 55:00 10K RUN A MARATHON (DEC. 6TH - MEMPHIS - ST JUDE)
      On number one: doesn't that feel great when you've run farther or faster than ever before? Maybe it was the day off. Who knows. I'll leave it to others to chime in with the listen to your body comments. Oops. On number two: Carbs, Carbs, Carbs. I love carbs. It's one of the many reasons I love running.

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        You might find this interesting: Food Cravings and What Your Body Actually Needs I recommend eating the fruit. It is good for you and provides your body with some simple fuels that will allow you to keep running at the new pace that you are setting for yourself (the running 6 days more so than the 10:30 pace). Nice run, though. Even if you don't run at that pace next time, it won't be long until you are running it regularly.

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          After hacking at this thing called running for a couple of years, my two biggest questions remain: Why was that run so great? Why did that run suck so badly? I love to improve form and time and I do think about it a lot, but there are so many variables that I've nearly given up trying to answer either question. As a hack, it's more art than science and for my goals that's OK. My first priority is to run injury free (so I can keep going and going...) and so far so good. You can see significant improvements periodically, if you run regularly you'll just hit these breakthrough periods where the cumulative effect of your efforts shows up in a sudden and dramatic fashion. I think runners are 50% physical and 100% mental ( Wink ) and you can hit a breakthrough when improvements in these two areas coincide. Everybody knows that where there are peaks, valleys are sure to be found as well. You can learn just as much (if not more) about yourself when your performance is off. At this point your scientific/analytical skills (and advice from wicked smaht people on RA) can be really important. If you consider your performance to be subpar it's tempting to drive yourself like a rented mule as "punishment", but that can easily lead to injury and time on the bench. For a deceptively simple sport it really is physically and mentally challenging, and offers virtually unlimited opportunity for self-discovery. Balance is good, and your expectations after an exceptional run shows an understanding of this. Do take time to reflect on your achievement, savor the moment and let it fuel your efforts. There will undoubtedly be more, but you will find these kinds of improvements will become more and more difficult to achieve. Melt some chocolate, dip some strawberries and enjoy.

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          Another Passion

            Ben, the stars and moon were probably in perfect align for your run that particular day. Big grin I think Ed (BadDawg), in the prior post, had many great points to heed. Keep at it!

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