Re: within limits

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r-at-work
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for a completely trained runner I would have to agree with Ryan… the mental game is so frequently un-improved that runners may find that they can’t overcome what they have been told is their limit…

but… considering that lots of people start out out of shape or don’t run the kind of schedule that would improve them, I would also have to say that there are several bodily systems that can hold you back before you mind stops you… I’m not an expert on this but when I rode horses we always started out with a couple weeks of slow work to strengthen then tendons, then progreesed to longer workouts to improve the muscles and lastly faster work for cardio/wind and in between worked on skills & coordination…

I would assume that people are similiar, and while your limit may be your cardio/breathing… if you were REALLY out of shape you could pull a muscle before you reached that limit…

as for lab tests… you can have them done (VO2MAX, stress tests) or you can run a 5K and extrapolate with tables already researched, Daniels book comes to mind (can’t remember the title)… and what would you do after that… find a training plan or a coach to guide you towards the next level of whatever event you are targeting…

I’m just sorry that I get with a coach a couple years ago… it has helped me with not only getting in better condition, improved my mental process and helped me improve skills such as pacing and race planning… BUT… I started out with no background in HS running and just didn’t like the more current trend of running one marathon(with a charity group) and then giving it up, as a few of my neighbors & co-workers did… I wanted more.. and it took me three tries to find someone I could work with…

interesting questions… I’d like to hear some more opionions…

-Rita