I am constantly hearing about how painful running is. It's been one of the most popular threads in our community for months. Even in US magazine this month, Kate Gosselin was quoted as saying, "I run every day. It's painful".
I find most people think that pain is synonmous with running and believe if you're going to run, you're going to have to be disciplined and deal with the pain.
This is simply not true.
You can be in pain if you feel that makes you feel better about yourself and makes you a true runner. But you don't have to be. You can run a mile, 3 miles even a 10k, even a marathon without pain.
I watch people do this all the time on PEERtrainer. What is the secret? They follow a different philosophy shared by Stu Mittleman and other athletes, even 6 time Ironman Champion Mark Allen.
Stu ran 1000 miles in 10 days. That's every day, for 10 days straight. He ran 100 miles a day. Just to give you a sense of what the Hawaii Ironman is: from the wikipedia entry:
"The Hawai Ironman consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike and a marathon (26 miles 385 yards, 42.195 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. Most Ironman events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race, where the Ironman race starts at 7 AM, the mandatory swim cut off for the 2.4 mile swim is 2 hours 20 minutes, the bike cut off time is 5:30 PM, and all finishers must complete their marathon by midnight."
Mark Allen won this event 6 times. He did it by following the principles of Dr. Phil Maffetone. Stu incorporated these same principles and explains them so succinctly in "Slow Burn: Burn Fat Faster By Exercising Slower". This book by Phil Maffetone is in my library as well. You don't have to grind it out. You don't have to be in pain. Unless of course you insist on it. But then, it becomes your choice.
You can get both books used for a total of $10. Small price to pay to get rid of the pain.
Let me know if you get them.