Thursday, March 11, 2010

Speed increase?

Adam Culp talked about his easy pace speed increase on his blog and it got me thinking. That's exactly what's happened to me recently. My 9:30 easy pace no longer feels easy, it feels lethargic. For the last 2 days my runs have been nearer to the 9mm range.

I talked a bit about this in ep05 of ydhtra. Is it the suppliment? Rest? Blizzards? Weight loss?

Does it matter?

And just like Adam postulated, do you embrace the change or call it a fluke. But for one, the amount of effort per Avg HR is much different now than it was even 2 months ago.

I don't have a race to plug into McMillan's calculator. It's been my bible for nearly 2 years now.

Thanks to the data of sport tracks I've noticed a significant difference in the last few months. So whatever it is, I've got to think that in order for me to challange my new self I will have to increase my pace accordingly.

To think that in '08 I could barely run a mile and a half in 15 minutes. 250 lbs. And now I know I can run 6-6:30 mm's for the 1.5 and am -65 lbs...

Man what a journey this has been.

Run for fun!


  1. It is great to hear you are also advancing Ted!!! Keep up the good work.

    I think the answer lies in all of the items you named, plus fitness advancement as well. The human animal has the amazing ability to increase fitness at a phenomenal rate, and we are witnessing it first hand in our own "experiments of one".

    By the way, it is about time for you to find a half marathon isn't it? I am sure there are plenty in your area to register for. Get out there!!!

  2. Ted,

    I've been listening to your podcasts for about a week now and have just "caught up". I just wanted to say that I've really enjoyed them. Great name, great intro and great content. You have a good voice and a chill style. I got started with Phedip and have been listening to running podcasts for a couple of years now on my runs and during other brain idle time (riding progress bars while installing software). Even though these things are unidirectional and you can't hear my rebuttal or story, they still feel like a conversation of sorts.

    Now that I think about it, I've been doing this sort of thing in person for my Wife for about 2 years. We'll go on a run and while she's busy just breathing, she likes when I just talk about what ever I've been thinking about lately with little requirement for her input. It helps the miles fall behind us and the time go unnoticed.

    It's nice to be able to have a running buddy along who doesn't mind if I spend the whole time just breathing, who just talks about what they've been thinking about lately and throws in some good ole life stories that makes the listener get a better sense of who you are and what you're all about.

    The fact that you comment on other podcasts that I also listen to makes the whole concept of a Run Net Community more tangible.

    Anyway, you're on a good role with this thing. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

    Jesse H

  3. Adam, you read my mind. I might do the Maryland Half this May 23rd. I've found a plan that works for me also. I like the idea of alternating my long runs with a 13/17/13/18/13/19 etc... It makes for a nice way to keep a long run in the week, and also will allow me to fully recover from the (I guess we'll call it) the super long run.


    Thank you sir for taking the time to write up such a nice comment. That is the exact reason I took the plung into this podcasting foray. To be that running buddy for folks out there like you.

    I think the what podcast am I listening to this week section should stay. You're the second person that has meantioned that they really like that. And it does seem that I'm listening to someone new or catching up on back episodes.

    I've found this experience to be really something. I have no problem opening up to complete strangers about my personal life. lol. Guess that's as straight forward as it gets. I also think however that the running community is so unique in alot of ways. Think about striking up conversations with people on race day. You can talk about anything from what nipple tape do you use to the latest study regarding foot strikes. We're an open community by nature, and I think it's great.

    Take care Jesse, hope you stick around and always, always run for fun!