Tag Archives: 5K Training

Gear – A Simple Approach for Using Heart Rate Data to Improve Running

Modern runners have a ton of gear available to them to monitor performance. We have global positioning apps, heart rate trackers, smart watches, and even electrocardiograms (EKGs) on demand. But how much data is too much? I have used a … Continue reading

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Training – A $150 Weight Loss Bet, or The Fancy Pants Challenge

I’ve made a $150 weight loss bet – I have 28 days to lose an inch or two off my waist. How did this come to be? While running is one of my regular sports, I am also a fencer. … Continue reading

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Races – Going Twice the Distance, I Ran the Salem 10K

This is a blog about running 5Ks, and as I wrote early on, that is my preferred distance. But this past weekend, I went twice the distance when I ran the Salem 10K. But why? Well, because it was part … Continue reading

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Races — Something Went Wrong at the YMCA 5K!

In my earlier post, I mentioned how I was using a new training method of Maximum Aerobic Function, developed by Phil Maffetone for endurance athletes. Last weekend was my first 5-K after a couple of months of training. This gave … Continue reading

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Training — Will Slowing Down Speed Me Up?

After doing some races, my running has fallen off a bit. So, it is time to start back up again. For the time being, I am adopting a new training program. I have decided to use Philip Maffetone’s Maximum Aerobic … Continue reading

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Training: How Fast Can You Get? The Great Bear Run Makes a Runner Wonder

The Needham Track Club held its 26th Annual Great Bear Run on May 15 to raise money for prostate cancer research. There was a 5-K and shorter runs for the kids. My own race was uneven. I settled into a … Continue reading

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Gear: Runkeeper GPS Check

Back a couple of weeks ago, I told you about how I was getting a different reading from Runkeeper than I did with my now-defunct Nike+ watch. So, as promised, I checked the Runkeeper distance using my car’s odometer. While … Continue reading

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Cross Training: February Fitness Check Up

Back on January 3, I did my first Presidential Fitness Test for 2016. A month later, it looks like there has been some progress, but plenty room for more. So, if you took 100 forty-one-year-old guys and lined them up … Continue reading

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Gear: Battle of the GPS Apps

Like many runners, I have used GPS tools for mapping my runs to see how far and how fast I have gone. This has been an advantage for me when I have wanted to run a specific distance within a … Continue reading

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Races: Knowing My Limits and Skipping a Race

This past weekend, I was signed up to do a summer biathlon on Saturday and a trail run on Sunday. Saturday morning, I got up early and drove about two hours to the Pemigewasset Fish and Game Club to run … Continue reading

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