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Running- speed vs. endurance

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Running with High Heels

Originally uploaded by vestman

Setting goals for running is fairly a straightforward practice. I can say I want to run a 5 minute mile or a marathon but what about running goals for sports? How do you strike the perfect balance between speed and endurance?

Ultimate is a lot like soccer in that you have to have a quick sprint, but you also have to be able to run for a long time, often for multiple games a day. It seems like sprints and long distance aren’t often taught together or worked on at the same time.

I’ve personally struggled with the speed vs. endurance paradox training for my second marathon and playing frisbee at the same time, I noticed a considerable drop in my ability to sprint as I increased my weekly running mileage. But do you have to choose between slow and fast twitch muscles?

For me, it did come down to a choice. Being in shape to go out and run twenty miles whenever you want to is a cool feeling, but I’d rather be fast now while I still have the opportunity to play college sports and sacrifice the long miles. There will be time enough to return to a distance running lifestyle when I’m older. So I’ve stopped running marathons and started concentrating on speed again. I never run more than 6 miles at a time and I’m not afraid to do some strength training. My sprinting has improved and I’m much happier with my overall game now. It’s all about identifying what you want and using common sense and a little trial and error to get it.

ps. I in no way condone running in heels.

Written by powerpigtails

October 12, 2009 at 12:55 am

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