• Changing Things Up

    I’ve been doing a lot of research on the internet about how I should train my body to achieve the most fitness I can from the running I do.  It turns out that most folks recommend varied effort for best results.  Quite by accident, many of the things they suggest “adding in” were already a part of my randomly selected regular course.  I run on both pavement and on trails, and both have a mixture of flats, uphills and downhills.

     

    The one thing everyone seems to agree on is that you also have to add new things or change existing ones in your run all the time, not just once in a while.  A couple of weeks ago, I increased my run/walk ratio, so I was already on the right path.  This week, after all that research, I decided to add something new.  On my last two runs, I’ve passed home entirely at the end of my run, continued to the end of the block, and sprinted the 200-or-so feet back to the house.

     

    I really thought this was going to kill me, but surprisingly, not so much!  Certainly, I get home panting a lot more than before, but there’s no pain or extended recovery time at all.  I have noticed one strange thing, though.  Each time I’ve done it, just afterward I get a cool tingle that starts at the nape of my neck and works its way down my spine.  It actually kinda feels good after a hot, muggy run, but I’ve never heard anyone else describe anything like it to me.  Maybe it’s the nascent form of that “runner’s high” I have yet to see?

     

    Anyone have any thoughts?

     

     

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