An Old Guy Working Out: Sprinting vs. Jogging (pt. 9)

October 11, 2011

Combining Distance Running and Sprinting

In April of 2010 I had been working on a ‘Sprinting’ program for about 10 months. I had worked through a lot of pain. I had learned proper sprint technique. I learned the hard way how important it was to drink lots of water, and, I had even figured out how to breathe. I had not yet figured out what distances I was capable of running. During the previous fall I was sprinting about 1600 meters in various distance sets of 50, 100 and 200 meters. While I enjoyed these workouts, they were somewhat unsatisfying. I was not working hard enough. A 1600 meter workout took me about 30 minutes. I wanted more. Read the rest of this entry »

An Old Guy Working Out: Sprinting vs Jogging (pt 6)

September 21, 2011


There is one more important subject I want to talk about before I get into how I structured my long distance sprint workouts. That subject is ‘hydration’. You will sweat more when you sprint than when you jog. You will sweat a lot more. I strongly recommend having a water bottle available throughout your run and taking a drink as often as between every sprint, or doing a ‘hub’ run where every mile or so you return to a central hydration location. This location can be a drinking fountain, or a water bottle in your car or on your front porch. I often hide a water bottle or two on my running routes so I can drink water throughout my runs, but this is easy for me to do as I live in the country.

I cannot impress this issue enough. To repeat, you are going to sweat a lot and you are going to be working hard. These are recipes for dehydration and dehydration related problems (from renal failure to heat exhaustion to heat stroke). This is especially important during hot, humid weather, which oddly enough, is weather I like to workout in. Read the rest of this entry »

An Old Guy Working Out: Sprinting vs Jogging (pt 5)

September 15, 2011

Sprinting and Breathing

Sprinters breathe different than joggers. Joggers have a steady, shallow breathing pattern than will last throughout the run. Sprinters, on the other hand, forcefully inhale and exhale maximizing air flow. I did not know this when I started sprinting. Oddly, when I started doing 40 yard dashes, which took me maybe 8 seconds, I held my breath throughout the run. Then I would gasp for breath when I was finished. I do not know why I held my breath. I guess nice, easy, shallow breathing was not an option so I did not breath at all.  I continued to hold my breath even in my 100 yard dash, ending each 100 with an explosion of gasping for breath. I did not really realize that I was holding my breath. I was just breathing hard after I sprinted. (Not really a surprise.) Finally, I tried running a 200 yard dash and nearly passed out. I could not run a 200 without breathing, but I tried. Once I realized my foolishness, I adjusted. I intentionally developed a deep, heavy breathing pattern with every stride while I sprinted. Read the rest of this entry »

An Old Guy Working Out: Sprinting vs. Jogging (pt 4)

September 7, 2011


If you have not done much sprinting in your normal daily workouts, once you start sprinting, you are going to start hurting. You are going to use muscles you have not used before. You are going to push all of your muscles harder than you have pushed them before. You are going to find that the difference between sprinting and jogging is a lot more than just running faster. Read the rest of this entry »

An Old Guy Working Out: Sprinting vs. Jogging (pt 3)

August 29, 2011

The Sprint Seed was planted in New Orleans at the Amatuer Athletic Union (AAU) Nationals 

In the summer of 2005 my son, David, competed in AAU Track and Field as a Decathlete. He was pretty successful, taking first in the region and qualifying for AAU Nationals. The AAU Nationals, often called the ‘Junior Olympics’, were in New Orleans, Louisianna that year and they took place just before the major flooding hit, (causing the city to become Lake New Orleans).  Read the rest of this entry »