on my long runs, i like to think about new blog entries.  on my last one, i was thinking a lot about the pros and cons of using science and technology when training!  i have come to the obvious conclusion that technology is great, but not all the time!  usually on my long runs, i like to "just go out and run", no watch, no Garmin, just me and my shoes (and clothes!, hehe).  but sometimes, i really wish i had my garmin, so i knew my pace.  BUT, on longer runs when you just want to get out and get some good distance on your legs, knowing your pace could be a distraction.  however, on tempo runs, knowing your pace is much more crucial, especially if you want to improve each week.  now this is not the case in every situation.  if you are a beginner runner, then it may be better for you just to bring a watch and track your total time each week on the same course.  having a garmin (or something else that calculates pace) may be very distracting for you and may be discouraging if you see that your pace drops on inclines.  this theory comes into play with physique competitions (and general weight/fat loss for that matter) as well.  measuring your bodyfat and weighing yourself occasionally is ok in most situations, BUT can also be discouraging!  you KNOW if you are losing fat!!!  come on ladies, you know if you are shaping up or not!  why do you need to weigh yourself so often?  also, figure gals, why do you really need to measure your bodyfat?  that has nothing to do with how you will "look" on stage and nobody will know!  you may be having the best prep ever, you know you are going to look awesome, and then you go and measure your bodyfat, hoping it is under 10%, and it isn't, and then you get all discouraged, right?  this is a case when technology may be bad!!!  there is a time for technology and a time for poetry!  there are so many fancy gadgets now for triathlon training and all may have their place, but i say don't use them all the time!  also, can you have a successful prep without them?...of course!  don't become so reliant on training with a specific item!  also, don't let the scale or the calipers determine your progress and motivation for figure prep!

here is another Stutz Pic...


did 8.5 mile run monday, heavy upper body in the gym tuesday, tempo run and heavy lower body on wednesday, biked on the trainer yesterday, and am planning on going to power yoga tonight.  i also have a 9 mile run planned for tomorrow or sunday.  then i got a recovery week and hope to either do a hike or some rock climbing the weekend after christmas.