Posted on Jun 29, 2014
PFC Wesley Thompson
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I have spent almost a year and a half retraining physically to get back in.. I dropped almost 80 pounds, but my running is still killing me.. suggestions on what to do??
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1SG Drill Sergeant
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Intervals - and I mean serious intervals, if you're serious about coming back in. You can slice intervals any of several ways. My favorite is to take your race pace and apply it at, say 400 meters; then jog another 800. Do that 8 times and your run will improve big time
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MAJ Battalion Operations Officer (S3)
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Great a running partner and try to outrun each other. I use the Nike app to compare how far and fast I run compared to others. Then go run with them a few days. Intervals are good, but hills are the money for me. Insanity also worked to cut my time down.
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Interval sprints, C2 Rower sprints - not lackadaisically rowing, but rowing like your life depends on it, kettle bell swings, and good old rucking.

Interval sprints - You take the pace you want per mile, a realistic goal, and divide that by 16 for 100 meter sprints, 8 for 200 meter sprints, 4 for 400 meter sprints ... etc. The first week you start out with 100 meter sprints. First half a mile, build up to a mile or two of total sprint distance. Then work in 200 meter sprints, continuing on till you run a 1 mile at the desired pace. Then, pick a new goal. If you picked a realistic pace goal, should take 12 weeks.

Rowing - builds your cardio endurance like nothing else you can imagine, without any impact on your knees. Like I said earlier, you just can't lounge around and stroll through the row. You have to pull with all your power. There is a technique to rowing, learn it. You will increase the distance traveled and pace while using less energy. Also, correctly rowing has almost the same exact body mechanics as an Olympic clean. Do it in 500 meter sprint intervals.

Kettle bells - this will tap your battery and increase your ability to perform overall total work. It will develop your hip flexors and stabilize your core, which will lead to a more energy efficient gate when you run, meaning less likelihood of leg and knee overuse injury.

Ruck - This will make your legs strong, your core strong, and cut the fat right off you. Rucking is the secret to giant Ranger legs. Seriously. Rucking will give you thighs that squats can't come close to creating. Strong legs, better running. Plus, it's something that you can do for a solid 3 hours straight for endurance, you can do it with your family, and you can go slow until you're strong enough to go faster.
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