July 16, 2012

Motivation Monday- LSD

No, no.  We won't be discussing drugs today, sorry.


LSD = Long.  Slow.  Distance!

Before we get to that, let's look at what this curly momma was up to last week.

Monday- 2.5 mile walk with the stroller & Plyometric Insanity
Tuesday- REST!
Wednesday- 5 mile run
Thursday- 3.5 mile run with the stroller (B bear!) & Core Cardio and Balance Insanity
Friday- 2 mile run with the stroller & Core Cardio and Balance Insanity
Saturday- 90 minute LSD run with the stroller
Sunday- REST!

This week was supposed to be a "rest week" of sorts in the Insanity program.  The "Core Cardio and Balance" is definitely an easier workout than the others we've done so far.

Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of it.  There were lots of jumps and other things that made my knees hurt.  So, I did it a couple of days, and decided that I would just run to keep my legs fresh, and not worry about Sean T for the week.

This week the MAX workouts start.  I'm kind of ridiculously petrified.  Pray for me.

Enough about Insanity!  Let's get to LSD!!

Let's see what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Long slow distance (LSD) is a form of aerobic endurance training in running and cycling.[1][2] Physiological adaptations to LSD training include improved cardiovascular function, improved thermoregulatory function, improved mitochondrial energy production, increased oxidative capacity of skeletal muscle, and increased utilization of fat for fuel.

WOW!  What a bunch of big fancy words.


 Basically, I believe LSD has three very important functions:
  • Recovery
  • Endurance
  • Fat Burn
It might sound counterintuitive to run FAR to recover, but at a slow enough pace, you're allowing your muscles a rest from working hard, still working on your endurance, and burning fat!  Yay LSD!

I was always told that a good rule of thumb for an LSD pace is that you are able to keep up a conversation while running.  Make sure it's VERY comfortable!  Bubba and I had a couple nice chats on Saturday ;)

If you'd like to read more about the benefits, these sites can help you out:

RunningGlam.com Part One
RunningGlam.com Part Two

Alright everybody, let's all go get our LSD on!!

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