This morning I ran on the treadmill the furthest distance I have ever run. 10K. I decided to try it since I am thinking about entering the Shamrock Shuffle, in the 10K distance. I very much enjoyed the five mile race I did on New Years Day and plan on doing more races this spring/summer.
My normal Sunday morning runs are 5 miles in under 40 minutes, and the 10K only adds about another mile and a quarter to that.
I did my 10K in 50:40 and I was fine cardio wise, but my legs ached a bit. That is an average of about an 8 minute mile for each mile, for those metrically challenged (like me). I decided to look at how the winners did last year in the Shamrock Shuffle, and the winner did it in an amazing 33:25. All I can say about that is wow. As an aside, the female winner in the 5k division is my masseuse.
The time I posted this morning would put me almost exactly in the middle of the pack for the male 40-49 age group, and I am pretty proud of that, seeing running isn't the only thing I train for.
I actually have it in my head to try a half marathon this summer. I am pretty sure I could do it, if I went at a nice leisurely pace. My time sure would stink, but it would be neat to say I did it, if nothing else.
As I have been getting in better and better shape I have been reading interesting things about fitness in general. One thing I have gleaned is that to be a well rounded athlete you should take on different things. The cardio required to fight in the ring is a much different cardio than you need for distance cycling or running. There are many different types of cardio training. I think that the mix I have right now is really helping me become a nice, well rounded athlete. Muay Thai for high intensity cardio (and self defense to boot), running and cycling for long duration cardio, and strength circuits to build muscle mass.
There is so much research being done and that has been done on different ways to train it is mind boggling. Food intake is very important too. The internet has tons of great info on how to eat and what to eat. I guess it is up to each athlete to decide what they want.