Do you prefer long one or short ones?

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23/09/2002 at 16:04
I think after reading Snicks' article in RF that I'm more of a 10k type of guy. Although I haven't really worked that much on longer distances, I seem to find doing a 10k is sooooooo much easier than say... 10m!
cougie    pirate
23/09/2002 at 16:56
Oooh - haven't read that - is that this months ?

I think I suffer less in longer runs, 10k's seem to be a bit too intense for me and I'm in pain all the way round.
Running longer but at a lower intensity seems better to me, so I'd say 1/2 Marathons are my fave.
Marathons are just too long for me with my fitness. But this might change.
23/09/2002 at 18:38
Longies, definitely.

Ditto as cougie.
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
23/09/2002 at 20:05
Absolutely positively long 'uns, the longer the better. Love Ironman triathlons but I guess that says something about my character?
23/09/2002 at 20:12
I'd love that too.. if I could swim .. brest stroke ain't much good.
23/09/2002 at 22:18
Looks like the majority's already established itself, but I'm going to reduce it and state my firm preference for shorter events - 5K, 5 miles or 10K. Lots of commitment, lots of pain, lots of contact with other runners and resultant personal competition (almost always in the best spirit!); plus, you can't afford to stop concentrating. That's the way I like it!
23/09/2002 at 22:29
Barkles,

I spent three months following FLM training my freestyle to be able to swim 1500m in open water (olympic distance, not nutty ironman!). 200m into the London Tri I holed (erratic breathing), started taking on water faster than the Titanic and had no option but breast stroke. Breast stroke does just fine, if a little slow (35 min of swimming, had hoped for just under 30).

Also bumped into someone from university in the water (strange things happen) - turns out 18 months prior to the event he couldn't swim at all...
23/09/2002 at 22:46
It's something I'll have to work on. May take lessons???
23/09/2002 at 22:52
Lessons are a good idea (even group coached stuff - it's a case of not being worried about (in)ability to swim) as the approach for improving is quite different to running - it's less a case of getting out there and doing it lots, more a case of getting it right when you're doing it - good technique makes a lot of difference. Still, good technique no good if you end up binning the idea 200m from the start! Oops.
23/09/2002 at 22:53
In answer to the first question, long (though ability probably lies in the slightly shorter events - 10km (ish)).
23/09/2002 at 23:36
Strangely, I prefer short, but think in order to do well at them I need to train for long! Jon, don't believe the old rubbish I churn out!! It's 1135pm now and I'm trying to write this thing on low carbs, after three stubby beers the arguements are all blurring into one!
24/09/2002 at 00:31
Conversely Snicks, I prefer long to short but think I need to do more short than at present to underpin the long.

Does that make sense? It did when I thought it but seeing it in front of me I'm not so sure?

Also, can't witter endlessly on short.
24/09/2002 at 00:46
I favour the 5k,after all it's a lot of pain but is over in just under 13 minutes.

'Darling,have you taken your medication today?'

'No dear ,i'll do it now'
24/09/2002 at 07:03
I'm something of an inbetweenie - having been training for a marathon I can categorically say I do not enjoy long runs (being anything over two hours).

10k's have a kind of pureness - tactics don't really come into it, just blast all the way. It might hurt but there's a certain satisfaction in running at speed.

24/09/2002 at 10:23
Snicks m'dear... Don't go even try to argue on the low carb diet thingy... "My fishy flatmate..."
24/09/2002 at 10:24
Of course... To some people I have only done shoert ones!!!
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
24/09/2002 at 20:47
There's plenty of triathletes who swim breast-stroke, and pretty well too - I can attest to that, I've been overtaken by enough of 'em! No shame in swimming breast-stroke.
24/09/2002 at 21:54
What Jon? Do tell. I've seen refs to your flat mate but don't know the full story - is she on the low carb thing? What, is it Sardines at seven, mackerel at midnight, that sort of thing. Does she like poached eggs? I bet she doesn't like you carb loading.
Trogs    pirate
25/09/2002 at 00:25
I think I like long ones best but I might change my mind after Sunday.
25/09/2002 at 09:56
Snicks... Not that healthy I'm afraid! Basically she's STILL doing the atkins diet of fried anything ie sausages, bacon etc
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