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by , November 14th, 2009 at 11:25 PM (294 Views)
I did a quick workout at Fisher's High School with 6 other Nasti's.
*200 Free stretch out
*200 Drill Free (100 6 kick and roll/100 Catch up drill)
*2 X 100 Back (build to fast last 25)
*4 X 200 free on 3:30 steady till last 50 burst
*8 X 100 on 2:00 (75 Free-10 sec rest and sprint last 25 stroke)
*4 X 50 IM order (25 stroke/25 free)
*8 X 25 Breath Control on :40--I think everyone did underwaters except me. I sprinted and took limited breaths.
* easy 100 free and out!
2,700 yds.

I just got back from a party celebrating "Indy Runner's" 30th Anniversary. Nice party but mostly young folks. I recognized and talked to 5 or 6 people from my running era.
They put a neat slide show together from the 80's. I saw myself a couple of times.
Modern day runners are very different from their older counter-parts. Much lower key and participation orientated as opposed to the hard core preformance we tried to achieve. A 30 yr. old who is trying to qualify for Boston by (3:40 or faster) freaked out when I told her I had to go under 3:10 the 1st time I qualified and did it.
They have significantly watered down Boston qualifications in the last 15 years. I think they want their numbers over 10,000 or something. I personally feel anyone who is much slower than 4 hours in a marathon should concentrate on getting faster in shorter distances and save the marathoning for the stronger days that will follow.
Races that last over 4 hours are extremely difficult to man with volunteers. It's also difficult (and costly) to shut streets down for hours at a time.
While I think it's somewhat courageous for folks who don't train properly to try a marathon I think in the long term it will ruin, and maybe bannish the sport from exsistance.
Okay................back to swimming.

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  1. pwb's Avatar
    Sub 3:10! Damn. That is smoking. I don't run marathons, but have been around them enough over the years to be WAY impressed.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    I've wondered about the 4 hours+ crowd as well. I think there is just some obsession/mystique built around the marathon and they want to say they did it, even if they walked some of it. I don't see what's wrong with focusing on shorter distances either. But everyone is much less interested in the half marathon or 10 mile races. Personally, I don't get it. You're so much more likely to get injured training for the marathon.
  3. Bobinator's Avatar
    Yes I agree. I'm all for people being active but to me it needs to be a part of your lifestyle, not a week-end warrior act of foolishness done to garner a tee shirt to wear around for bragging rights.
    I also believe ultra slow slogging (slow running) doesn't do much for the cardio-vascular system. It does burn some calories but anything else is a joke.
    Lots of the new-age exercisers just don't "get" the THR principle. I guess they didn't have a very good PE teacher