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Old 08-30-2007, 03:12 PM   #1
Lenny Calabrese
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Beginner Program 400 Intensity question

So just started the beginner program last week and about to start into the multiple 400 portions of the program. I looked at the program again and it says to start out light and increase intensity...but I'm feeling fine.

My question is with the multiple 400s coming up should I be running them all hard or slightly decrease the intensity as to not die so much the next lap. Currently been doing the single 400s @ 60.X, but just popped today's off in 58.5 so maybe trying to run around 68-70 if i scale down? Ideas are more than welcome
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:47 PM   #2
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Re: Beginner Program 400 Intensity question

I don't know exactly which program you're referring to, but if you can run a ~60 sec 400m, you probably don't need to scale it. I imagine you're shooting for low 50s, and it wouldn't make sense to start at upper 60s. Good luck.
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:58 PM   #3
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Re: Beginner Program 400 Intensity question

I'm thinking it's the beginner program from one of the old CFJs
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Old 09-05-2007, 10:50 AM   #4
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Re: Beginner Program 400 Intensity question

Lenny, are you a runner? By those times, I am assuming you have a background running. If that is your sport, then I wouldn't worry about scaling. You are already there. It would be like telling a powerlifter to only start with broomstick squats (assuming he has correct form). Just be smart and listen to your body.
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Old 09-05-2007, 01:21 PM   #5
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Re: Beginner Program 400 Intensity question

I used to run back in high school, going on 3.5 years without any real training and I still sort of have it in me. I actually did it yesterday and ran a 70 for the first one and ran another 70 after the 70 sec of rest. I felt pretty bad at the end, but that's the point isn't it I'll run it faster tomorrow and see what happens once they start to pile on.
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