Monday, July 30, 2007

"P"s Please

At Rhonda’s urgings and Debbie’s insistence I am putting hands to keyboard and offering up a few “words to the wise”. I mean that – “to the wise” part – because your interest in personal fitness and starting to exercise is truly a smart decision.

My star pupil, Leah, and I have been running speedwork on the Lake Road. You may have driven by and seen two runners mysteriously running back and forth, back and forth – sometimes faster, sometimes very slowly. This somewhat foolish looking ritual is entirely (and mercifully) unnecessary for fitness runners but is an excellent workout for those trying to improve their running speed. Today we shifted our focus from strength to speed. This means doing fewer fast runs but doing each one five to six seconds faster than we have been. This is a bit of a shock to the system and things can become quite uncomfortable (I prefer that we not use the nastier term, “painful”) but it reminded me of the body’s wonderful ability to adapt to the stresses we put on it – if we do it in a planned and intelligent way. The discomfort will become more bearable; we will increase the number that we do; we will become faster runners as a result.

This often repeated formula reflects and brings me to the four “P”s of running or any exercise plan. These are Rock Solid ideas that have been referred to in many places; they will invariably come true and give results – every time! Check back daily to learn the Four P's and how to make them work for you!

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