Need a reason to put on the running shorts.
May 18, 2011 7:51 AM Subscribe
Need help setting and measuring new fitness goals, but don't want to train for a marathon or similar long race. Any other ideas?
posted by the foreground to health & fitness (11 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
26 year old male here. Over the course of the past three years I have got to the point where I can run comfortably for 3-4 miles at a go at a moderate pace. As much I appreciate these runs and recognize they have helped me achieve a decent level of fitness, I am concerned I have basically plateaued in terms of fitness benefits and as an overall challenge. For a number of different reasons I am not especially interested in adding mileage to my runs or training for a long race. I would however like to have something to work towards in measuring an overall improvement to my fitness. I have begun incorporating new methods such as Fartlek, hill running, jump rope and body weight exercises, which has helped mix it up, but still does not solve my original problem of having a specific measurable goal.
I am basically looking for some sort of program or fitness challenge that does not revolve around distance or long endurance training, with more of an emphasis on gaining muscle, speed and power. Ideally I would be able to measure my progress over the course of a year, like I do all my other non-fitness goals. I would ideally like to avoid gyms and a lot of equipment. I have easy access to fields and running trails, and could pursue this anywhere from 5-6 days per week.
Any suggestions? Thanks.