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25 Sep 2007

Hi Fitness Doc!

Please tell me if I'm on the right track of training. I train an hour a day on my treadmill by running 5 minutes at 7.5 km/hour and then runnign 5 minutes at 10 km/hour. Like Fartlek for an hour. I'm feeling great but please want your opinion. Thankyou so much!
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01 Jan 0001

HI Sticks

Sounds great, well done. If I may be picky (my nature, and my job), I'd say you're going great now, but looking ahead, you might want to consider some variation in your training. Both in terms of the type of training (running all the time, as opposed to the odd day of something else), and the content of your running. Running is great, and of course, I'm all for doing it, but once in a while, a little cycling or swimming is good to break the routine.

But more than this, WHAT you do during the session could be mixed up. At the moment, you're donig a fantastic session, it's great. It's exactly what you want, but you probably could'nt do this for month after month. You would need to look at maybe playing with the time. Some days, for example, you may even wish to do a short and easy run - 40 minuts at 8km/hour, for example. Then others, maybe you can even be more 'adventurous' and do 5 minutes at 7.5km/h, and TWO minutes at a fast speed, like 12km/h.

The objective is to mix up the training. Take easy days, to recover, and take steady days, like you do now, and take harder days, where you run a bit faster. All these sessions added together equals better running and more enjoyment!

Just remember, never change anything rapidly! Be patient, take your time and enjoy it!
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