Lonely? A Running Game Ever go out on your long, slow distance run and just have trouble motivating yourself to push? Ever find this happens even more frequently when you don't have a running partner? That's silly. There are running partners everywhere. They're just driving by in cars, oblivious to the fact that they are, indeed, your little running buddy on four wheels. I just returned from a 15 mile jaunt, during which I played a bit of a game. As you read the instructions, you may realize that this is really only realistic on non-busy roads. Hit a car crowded highway course and you'll find yourself hurling your guts out after a few minutes. Here's how it works: THE RULES: -Settle into an aerobic pace, which, if you do Heart Rate Zone training, would be about Zone 2-3. Otherwise, take your lactate threshold heart rate and subtract about 20 beats. -Every time a car passes you *from behind*, you must pick up the pace to a comfortable pick-up stride (about high Zone 3, or threshold heart rate - 10) for a total of 100 steps (that's 50 steps per leg, Einstein). -If a "string" of cars passes, then you begin your stride after the last car goes by. -BONUS: If a car passes you anytime during your 100 step pick-up stride, you accelerate the pace to maximum speed for however many steps you have left. -Once you're done with the 100 step pick-up stride, you can settle back into aerobic pace until the next car approaches. ***Optional Add-On For Running During the Day or on Less Busy Roads*** -Every time a car passes you *from the front*, you switch sides of the road, whether "mid-stride" or not. This throws a little curveball camber at your body. This game is basically Fartlek training with an unpredictable twist, and is good when you don't have a group to run with to do the pace-changing. Afterwards, you can go out for a beer by yourself and wave at cars. Ben Greenfield is the Renaissance man of the sport of triathlon.He's a fast triathlete, a coach, a personal trainer, and much more more.We recommend that you surf on over to www.bengreenfieldfitness.com, for more great training advice. Ben Greenfield If you’d like a FREE newsletter and weekly audio podcast from the author of this article, simply visit http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com. For more personalized online fitness coaching, fat loss, human performance or nutrition consulting, you can also visit Pacific Elite Fitness at http://www.pacificfit.net.
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