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My Run leg sucks. . .js5280
Jul 2, 2003 2:35 PM
Okay, I used to be a decent runner in high school and keep up with the track people even though I wasn't on the team. Nowadays my running sucks. I'm usually mid-pack on the swim, top 1/3 on the bike, and bottom 1/3 on the run. I can run a 8:30-9 min/miles (non-brick) during training but typically run 9:40-9:50 during the event. My legs always feel tight and my stride short. If I try to ignore it, my heartrate shoots up. Nothing like when I'm training. I must admit, I usually go for 5k training runs and maybe one or two 10k runs before an Olympic event, maybe 2-3 times a week, usually no bricks though. Probably should do more running but some of it is a recent busy schedule, another part is running is my least favorite of the three. Still this last event, I focused on running a lot more than the past, yet had the same results.

I'm not leaving it all out on the bike leg, I come into T2 spinning easy and no significant lactic acid buildup or loss of leg strength. Do I just need to run the longer distances and/or more frequently? Should I focus on more bricks? Should I look at my bike fit? I just went to a Tri bike, but I had the same problem on my other bike. Any other ideas from others who turned around their lackluster run times?
re: My Run leg sucks. . .globalhelipimp
Jul 2, 2003 9:51 PM
Being a runner in high school myself, I would do great in the workouts, but I'd often psych myself out in the actual race, whether it be 200m sprint or 5k cross-country race. If you have the mindset (and I'm not saying you do) that you're going to do awful on the third leg of a tri, you will. Being there mentally is important as well as physically.

Another key issue is running in itself: gradually up your mileage. If you don't train as much for your running as you do for swimming or biking, you typically will not do as well. If you hate the running leg in your tri, say "I LOVE RUNNING" inside your mind before the race, during the race, and after the race.

I went to a running camp and one of the conselors said if we hated running hills, then we should say "I LOVE HILLS" 26 times, and we'd eventually become better at them.

Sure enough, my friends did get better during the hill workouts and on the 5k courses. You've got to be there mentally or you'll fail physically.

I don't know what you mean when you say "bricks" because I don't do tri's, but I'm hoping to soon.

Anyway, I hope this information helps out, and good luck to you.
re: My Run leg sucks. . .brider
Jul 3, 2003 1:11 PM
The bricks will help you deal with the strange feeling of runing off the bike, and help you get into a normal stride sooner, but the don't really directly affect your speed.

Are you doing running intervals? I'm tinking there's some flexibility issues to address, but you also need to train fast to race fast (same as on the bike).
re: My Run leg sucks. . .rrjc5488
Jul 5, 2003 8:53 AM
Definitley do intervals, go down to your local track and do 800M(4-6 and increase when you feel you can)intervals on about 4 minutes, this is what we do in track (yeah I'm only 15). It seems to work considering we have kids who run 4:26 miles, and a a 10:20 two mile. But dont count only on this, also do long runs (10K, 15K for olympic distance). Endurance runs with speed work (intervals) should take a chunk of time out of your run. good luck!
Thanks for the advice!js5280
Jul 6, 2003 3:25 PM
I'll try some different thing out and see if it helps. I have an Xterra in two weeks and a Olympic mid-Aug so another two 10k's to tackle. Thanks for taking the time to respond. Good luck with your seasons. . .