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Old 05-08-2009, 01:59 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm lucky enough to live about 800 m away from work. I used to drive there and back ( I can't believe it either) but have recently started walking.

Anyway, I've been planning to run about 400 m of that distance there and back (as an intense, 400 m training run). So for 5 days a week that would be 10 400 m runs. I won't do that many, I'll just see how I handle the volume and build up to as many as I can handle each week or 10 a week, which ever comes first.

But hypothetically, could one build up a decent 400 m run fitness like this? I would assume so as one could go quite intensely each day, given that you wouldn't be tired from a prior effort.

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Old 05-08-2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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Re: Random running

If you don't mind arriving sweating and panting to work, go for it!
I guess it could be called a 400m GTG.
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:33 PM   #3
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Re: Random running

Yeah luckily it's the start of our winter here, so I don't even crack a sweat. Can't do much about the panting though!
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Old 05-09-2009, 03:19 AM   #4
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Re: Random running

It will make you faster if you do them all-out a couple days a week. Five days a week is probably too much, but maybe not.
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:20 AM   #5
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Re: Random running

Are you trying to do this on top of 3/1 mainpage? Or what?

Agreed with Shane it may be too much.
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:40 PM   #6
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Re: Random running

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Are you trying to do this on top of 3/1 mainpage? Or what?

Agreed with Shane it may be too much.
really?!

running 400m in the morning and another 400m, some 8-9 hours later, is too much?

doesn't that pale in comparison to the work that athletes do? doesn't it pale in comparison to the *play* that kids do?

i'm sure it will bring diminishing returns soon enough, but do you rally think it would be overtraining?
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:11 PM   #7
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Re: Random running

If you're doing them "all out" 400m is very taxing on the body... even with one iteration.

But you can always try it and see how it goes.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:18 PM   #8
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If you're doing them "all out" 400m is very taxing on the body... even with one iteration.

But you can always try it and see how it goes.


thanks for the push!

maybe i'll try ONE a day for a week or two and see what happens. been meaning to do 400s, anyway.
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:47 PM   #9
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Re: Random running

Hi guys,

without getting too specific, I'm doing three full body strength workouts a week, with three heavy metcons no longer then 10 minutes (mostly) directly afterwards.

I've worked out using Crossfit, Ross Emanait's Infinite Intensity programme, and a programme similair to Gants hybrid, over a period of maybe 2.5 to 3 years, with body building style training and LSD before that, so I'm confident I can manage overtraining.

I hear that 10 400 m runs a weeks will likely be too much, but I guess I'm interested in the principle here. I don't want to devote another day, or two, a week just to running, but want to increase my running ability. Sooooo, assuming I build into things, I'm wondering if doing these runs, dispersed over a week, provide a comparable effect to doing an equivalent number of runs in one or two days?

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