Re: Running Inspiration-Reincarnate Your Training
- Dear Arpan,
I am sincerely touched that you took the time to write about how to
gently ease into running after not doing it for a while. As a 3,100
mile race veteran, you could easily cast aside even thinking about
strategies for those in that category yet you compassionately and
patiently take the time to write about it.
I had some success with a similar technique as the one you describe
that your disciple friend used. I do not have the name of the book
that it comes from handy and the librarian in me apologizes for that.
I'm in the middle of a big paper weeding, shredding, purging project
and the technique I followed was given to me as some photocopies from
a book. So it's in a pile somewhere but which pile, alas! :-)...
The technique was quite similar except that it didn't have you start
out with the 12 minute walking warm-up. But you slowly alternated
timed amounts of walking, then jogging until eventually the jogging
portions lasted longer than the walking portions. I found it really
helpful to follow that kind of structure to gradually transition from
walking to walking and running both. I highly recommend it to all who
have struggled with running because of injury, etc. and want to return
Thanks for taking the time to share this training tip to round out all
your other marathon training advice that you have so kindly shared
with us in the centre.
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, arpan_deangelo
> Running Inspiration-Reincarnate Your Training
> So you are thinking of trying the marathon in April or August but you
> may feel like you have not really trained enough for it? Some people
> may feel like they want to run as they used to but because of various
> health or physical problems they had to give up for a while, or even
> for years, and now find it hard to get started again.
> Once we realize that running is work as well as fun, then we can try
> to identify with the fun aspect and let the work just happen
> naturally. As a long time runner and long distance racer, my running
> and training have definitely gone through many incarnations. Some have
> been much harder than others but the main quality to manifest in any
> type of running is to never give up, even when you have given up
> temporarily, that is.
> The other day I went for a morning run after taking a day off.
> Sometimes after taking a day or more off of running I feel fresher and
> more enthusiastic. But sometimes I feel just the opposite and it seems
> like I am starting all over again. The legs may feel heavy, I seem to
> have no endurance or energy and the feeling of being a `real' runner
> sometimes evades my consciousness. This has happened to most runners
> who have been running for many, many years. The ups and downs of any
> discipline, not only running, can tempt one to give up altogether.
> During this particular run I saw a disciple friend running the other
> way on his way home as I was going out on the same route. I was
> surprised to see him running because I thought he had stopped running
> altogether due to back problems and other health related issues. He
> was also out further than I thought he could run, so I turned around
> and joined him to find out what inspired him to run four miles.
> He told me that during the Christmas vacation he wanted to try to
> start running again as he knows how good it is for his health, inner
> and outer. He decided to use a run/walk technique which I also like to
> suggest to those who are just starting out as first time runners or
> reincarnating their running disciplines. He told me that it worked for
> him and he has also inspired other `older' disciples to start running
> again this way.
> Here is his basic technique that was successful in getting him going
> again and inspiring others to run again. It can be adapted to your own
> style and available time, but the simple concept of
> walking/running/walking in a structured way seems flexible and
> adaptable enough to work for just about anyone:
> First you start out with a definite walk time; he suggested 12
> minutes. Then you jog for a timed amount, in his case it was 4
> minutes. Then you walk 3 minutes, jog 4 minutes, alternating both in
> this way for as much time or energy that you have that particular day.
> Depending on your condition and how you feel that day, you can be
> creative and cut down the walk time, increase the run time, or vice
> versa. The main thing is that you get out and move. Psychologically
> and physically it is easier to get out the door knowing that you are
> not going to force yourself to run. You will start with walking until
> your body feels good enough for a slow jog.
> Do not worry about how fast you are jogging. Speed does not matter at
> this point. Further down the road, or in due time, your condition will
> inspire you to pick up the pace when you are ready. The primary aspect
> of this type of training is to get your mind and body used to the
> discipline and the enjoyment of it.
> Try to do this every other day at least and even go for a number of
> days in a row if you feel good. Give yourself the time in your daily
> schedule to make it one of your priorities as it should be. During
> that time you can also do some forms of chanting or praying, singing
> or reciting poetry. Even just relaxing the mind and enjoying your
> surroundings, whether it be nature or the hustle and bustle of life in
> the city, will all contribute to your overall health and well being.
> After feeling like a `real' runner again, if you want to get more
> serious about distance to run a marathon or half marathon let's say,
> then you can refer to my `Seven Steps to a Successful Marathon'
> training program. You can find it on the SCMT website or at Arpan.us ,
> which is my website.
> Good luck and let me know if it seems to be working for you. Please
> share some of your inspiration with others and any other ideas for
> training you may have.