Sunday, December 27, 2015

Going The Distance!

I never really had any training program that I religiously followed when I did my first half tempo or speed work out at all. My run was just three times a week which consisted of two short runs of 4 miles on weekdays and one long run of 8 miles during the weekend.

So where am I going with this? Most problems that new runners face with are the DISTANCE and TIME. They get depressed when they cannot cover the distance they want to achieve and even more depressed upon knowing that it took them that long just to cover that distance. Distance and Time are two different elements in my perspective that we need to assess separately...combining these two together when our body is not yet adjusted and accustomed to the stresses and loads of running will only lead to injuries. Who wants to get injured anyhow? Surely nobody!

If you're a newbie or getting back into running, I suggest that you tackle the DISTANCE first. I will cover the Time aspect on the next article. Let me be clear when I say distance, whether it is your one mile or seven miles...Distance is Distance! It is one of the basics of running that you need to understand. Going the distance means that you are introducing your body to get used to the loads and stresses of running. Doing it, as often as possible will help you develop that muscle memory you have in your body. This is no different in building that "base mileage", it is the biggest foundation when it comes to the running pyramid, so start working on it and cover as much grounds as you can. Here's an article that I came acrossed with in how to properly build your base mileage.

Putting this into an analogy, it's like: "How do you eat an elephant? Well you take one bite at a time". You get my point. Running as we all know is not just putting one foot in front of the other. It's damn hard both physically and mentally and that is a FACT! Whether you're a seasoned runner or just getting into it, running will surely kick your arse (literally and figuratively). If it was that easy, then everybody would have done it but that's not the case here...Running will surely humble you, trust me!

Thanks for reading and feel free to post comments or questions in the section below and I’ll be happy to try and answer them as quickly as possible. As always, have fun but be SAFE!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Let The Journey Begin

California International
Marathon 2014
Welcome to Finish Line Fever! I'm Ferdinand Batatan and I’m just a regular guy (like most of you) who likes to be active. I run, bike, and do pretty much anything in between. I started running back when I was still in the U.S Air Force. Running has always been a part of our monthly physical test so I basically have no choice but to do it. My last 1.5 mi run was 0:10:45 which converts to 7:10 min/mi. Not bad for an old guy like me but I never really enjoyed it that much. That said, I quit running right after I got out from the service in 2006.

Filling that void, I went back to cycling. Like you…yes you! I have been riding since I was a little kid and that passion of riding really grew on me. I joined a cycling club and started doing few sanctioned road races here and there. Somehow, that didn’t last long so I just ended up doing local road races once in a while and century rides with my friends.

Back to running!
Before we get to today...let’s go back to 2011, the year that few of my co-workers and I signed up for the “Fit for Life” challenge…it’s free and it’s only a 3-month program. So we came up with an exercise that most of us can do, you guessed it, it’s RUNNING!..geez why? But since I already committed myself, mind as well suck it up. After five long years of not running, we ran our first two miles and I was out of breath. Can somebody give me a piggy back? Somehow the cardio that I’ve been doing in cycling doesn’t translate much in running…I wonder why?

The next morning, I felt the pain in my groin / quads and have to do the "roll maneuver" just to get out from bed to bathroom…ouch! But that didn’t stop me from running, we ran twice a week as a group and I did my own run during the weekend. Fast forward to 2013, I did my first half marathon which is the Spirit of the Rock in Sacramento. Surprisingly, I finished it in 1:46:03 (8:06 min/mi), 10th overall and 2nd on my age group. From then on, I’m hooked! I’ve done more than a handful of ½ Marathons and 2 full Marathons so far. I guess that “running bug” really is true.