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Re: [at-l] a beginners running question=?
- Subject: Re: [at-l] a beginners running question=?
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thomas McGinnis)
- Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1999 10:52:27 -0500
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Author: email@example.com (Kiefer; David) at ima
Date: 8/27/99 10:35 AM
Running with cycling is the next best thing to prepare for a hike other than
It is true that you will work some different muscles, but the "big ones" will
be in shape.
Sloetoe wheezes in:
If we're voting via posts, I think the score is half-a-dozen
"Running isn't good prep for hiking" against one (me) "Running is
marvelous prep for hiking." None the less, I doth protest:
1) The "Runner's who hike start out too fast and end up injured." I
contest on two counts: first, we don't hear from the runners who
don't get injured; second; runners get injured from running *lots*
more than they do from engaging in other activities -- like hiking.
If you don't believe me, email me your fax line and I'll send you
my running log for the past few years. Injury is just a step away.
2)Running's aerobic requirements are far beyond hiking's
requirements, so even a small amount of running will juice your
cardio-vascular for other activities -- including hiking. I think
we all agree on that one anyway. But the implication is missed: you
don't need to run focused on endurance to benefit your hiking.
3) Hiking/backpacking is an activity which takes strength first,
and endurance second. Running slow/long takes endurance, running
fast/short takes strength. Most of us take "running for fitness" to
mean slow/long when, for hiking, we should be running fast/short.
If you don't think your running is getting you in shape for hiking,
whip a little speedwork in there. Run some hill repeats and the
occasional 10x400. Play soccer (sprint/trot/sprint/trot).
===>>If you want to train running-wise for hiking, train to be a 5k
speedster, not a marathon plodder. Frank Shorter said "Hills are
speedwork in disguise." The inverse is also true: Speedwork is a
hill in disguise.
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