As I mentioned last week, I found some great info on the optimum heart rate level to train at for endurance sports. It is quite different from the high intensity trend that is popular today. Well I started it last week and I was very surprised at the results. Let me tell you all about it and then you can decide for yourself if you’d like to give it a whirl.
Read most any fitness website and you’ll see hardcore sayings like
- “Go Hard or Go Home”
- “No Excuses”
- “Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body”
- “You Only Get Out What You Put In”
- “When My Mind Shouts STOP My Body Shouts NEVER”
Ok, you get the idea: “Train hard then train hard some more.” It’s the American way! But…
Today I learned that this is really bad advice. The exciting thing is I found out why. Let me share with you.
I just recently began trying the barefoot method of running and I can say that I do like it a lot. I was open minded about trying it, but I wasn’t tied to the idea that I would love it. I’ve been using Merrell’s Barefoot Run Vapor Glove. As these are my first pair of minimalist running shoes, I don’t have anything to compare it to except traditional shoes. But I will give you my impressions of this brand of shoe and also tell you how I have made the transition.
Whether you are a new runner or have been doing this for a while, a neat thing to do is to track your running. Aside from being able to see your accomplishments, you’ll also be able to analyze your running to improve performance, and to understand and heal injuries. You can use the old fashioned paper method or you could use a program. There are online programs and stand-alone programs. I will review few for you here.