LSD Musings and Lessons Learned

Google LSD and you’d get crazy figuring out why it’s an acid and not the running term we use here.

Such is just one of the many wonders of this running thing.

Simply put, for the many new peeps trying out their times in running, LSD is referred by many of us as LONG SLOW DISTANCE running. We could also thank WIKIPEDIA for their definition: here.

As worded in the link above, LSD is more than what anybody just thought it is. The benefit is so much so that you gain a lot. I must quote:

the minute you can’t talk, you are going too fast

Being one of the many advocates of this method of training, I must confess – It works.

Traditionally, the Honolulu Marathon Clinic provided the following rules:

    No fewer than three runs per week
    No more than five runs per week
    No less than one hour per run
    No farther than 15 miles on any run
    One run per week lasting two hours or more (after month 5)

Then, Jeff Galloway introduced an effective compliment: The Walk-Break!

“It has been found that average runners will have more success if they take regular walk breaks.”

Practically speaking, now a days, I don’t think anybody follows any strict rule on training at all. Except that everybody does the basic – TRY OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY more. LSD now has become a variation of many runs. Slow start on a long distance with tempo runs in between or at the last leg to the finish line. Such an example is attained and done by yours truly thru many practices.

Since there are many experts, and what the experts say is almost always effective – but they have said so much you got confused – why not just try one and see for yourself?

Running a Full Marathon is not easy. All the more an Ultra Distance. But for the braveheart that we all are, Full or Ultra Marathon is doable, and easy if you have prepared for it well. You just have to spend a lot of time training. Run long, and run well. Preparation is everything. Nothing beats a man who is well prepared! and sad to say, the opposite is true. Enter a race unprepared and you’ll suffer every known consequences.

From my own experience, If i may impart it, I have learned a lot. A few of them as follows.

    Learn R.I.C.E. first. That’s Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. You’d do just that after the race.
    Train your run at different times, at different distances. Do you think you can run the same finish time on a morning compared to a night race?

    Learn to embrace nature. Sun and Rain does not sound good at all but if you’d just understand that they stay even when you’re gone, you will also learn to accept and try running under both condition. If I may note: I can run faster when it’s raining. PR’s I have set under a rain remains unbeaten up to this writing.
    Learn to be self-sustaining. Know what to carry on your long runs. Your drinks, your food. Please! Nothing new on race day!

    Use your most reliable shoes on race day. No matter how expensive your racing shoe may be, it may still surprise you with a problem if you have not trained with it on a long run too.

    Learn your own pace. Don’t be sucked into the speed of others. Trust me on this!

    Practice a long run with your race attire too. That same nice and elegant race wear you’re saving for the big day might just be your next problem too.

    Don’t commit the mistake of comparing yourself to others. No runner is exactly alike. Even twins have differences. What works for them may not work for you and the opposite goes true too.

    Learn to know when to give up and when not to. Pain is tolerable. Long-term injury is not.

At least try, to follow your own learnings. Learn from the experienced, but always listen to your own body.


8 thoughts on “LSD Musings and Lessons Learned

  1. i like this – “Don’t commit the mistake of comparing yourself to others. No runner is exactly alike.”

    good points bro. rest well pare. till next lsd.

  2. Hmmm, I believe I ran better at nights rather than mornings. I don’t know. Maybe I am already tired just by waking up at 2:30AM and having to travel for more than an hour to reach BHS.

    “Learn your own pace. Don’t be sucked into the speed of others. Trust me on this!” AMEN here. Previously, I normally envy, or shall I say I usually wanted to overrun each and every runner in the race. But that was history, I learned that my competition is myself alone.

    LSD works for me 🙂

  3. New to your site here, per “Life is a Highway”. This is the first post that I have seen on LSD. I enjoyed reading your post as it gave lots of great information that I have not been introduced to. Yes, the experts have so much to say, but every one is different. What works for one, might not work for another. Running is not an exact science, and we all are not programmable. Thanks for sharing.
    Kenley Jones

  4. Shame on you for creating another terrific post! Awesome stuff, keep up the good work. I see a lot of potential! I wonder if you are an active user with any social networking sites like Digg or Stumble Upon?

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