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More exercise news... [Jan. 26th, 2008|05:40 pm]

Having read someone talking about training for a half marathon in a relatively short period of time (4 weeks? 8 weeks? 12 at the outside...) starting off by "running four miles, with five minutes of rest between them", I thought to myself "you know... I keep pushing for the "run X distance (well, time, but with a set MPH, it's the same thing), rest 2 minutes, trying to increase X. Why not try running X distance and then resting Y, and trying to decrease Y?"

The results: 4 10 minute intervals at 6mph, with 3-4 minutes of rest between each. Also, my "rest" time involved walking at 3mph. I don't think I overdid it, but I won't know until later tonight.

(Definition of overdoing it: either a) realizing that I'm a rapid heartbeat away from an awful, throbbing headache that rules my world until it goes away (usually it fades overnight), or b) actually *having* said headache. Alternately, c), realizing I'm completely exhausted. However, a and b usually happen before c)