Distance Running Lessons Learned in the Military
Before the Army - Many years ago I enlisted in the Army. Before that time I ran track, wrested and had had never ran 5 miles. In high school when we did conditioning I would sneak in a walk when I was out of sight of the coach. The Army taught me how to run and push through the mental barriers.
Army Training - The second week of basic training our Drill Sergeants decided to take us on a five-mile run. We were forced to run as a group, there are no quitters, no one is a star, and no one is left behind. The only rule was you need to lift your legs and jog. The Army has it down to a science on how to push an assortment of guys, with different fitness levels, to complete a five-mile run, and push through that mental block of temporary pain.
Running is Mental - there is a concept that is running (jogging) all mental. Below is how my body reacts to a 60 min Jog
- First 10 minutes I feel good, but I am running real slow
- From min 10-30 my calves tighten up, legs get tight, and mentally I feel ready to quit
- Somewhere between 30 – 45 minutes the pain dissipates
- 45-60+ I speed up an can run for several hours at this point
I see this all the time in the gym. Someone get on the treadmill and runs hard for 5 to 10 min. Then they get off due to exhaustion. Jogging is simple. All you need to do is find your optimal training zone. How I set my pace is I can’t hold a conversation without losing my breath, then I am running too fast.
Try some of these techniques, and in no time, you’ll be running 5 miles unbroken.