Indepth Night 2020 Post

Hello All!

My name is Adam Crespi and for indepth this year I decided to work on long distance running. I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone and test the limits of my body’s capabilities. I believe I succeeded in doing this.

Enjoy a short video of my experiences.

 

Feel free to ask a question in the comment section below.

 

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47 thoughts on “Indepth Night 2020 Post

  1. Nice work Adam! I haven’t had that experience yet in my life, but know it’s incredibly challenging. Good for you. It wouldn’t be a big deal if it was easy. Marathon 2021!

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  2. What a great way to share your experience with us. I particularly loved the ‘mad’ face when your race was cancelled 🙂

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  3. The video was a really cool way to show what you’ve learned and accomplished! What are the best strategies you found for increasing your endurance?

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    • Thanks! One of the best workouts I found for increasing endurance is running in your 80-90% heart rate zone for extended periods of time. By forcing your heart to work hard in this zone you train your heart to work hard aerobically, which is key for endurance activities.

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  4. Oof, stamina runs are HARD. Massive props for taking on this challenge, it’s a great way of staying fit. What kind of exercises did you do to build up your stamina, and what would you recommend starting with?

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    • If your trying to build stamina, I’d recommend interval and VO2max workouts. These both involve working the heart in strategic ways. I’d recommend anyone looking to get into running to start with a few simple intervals of 1 minute running hard and 2-3 minutes rest. Forcing the heart to beat faster and and slow down repeatedly is great for building stamina and heart health :).

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        • Bert Flinn is really nice, there’s a lot of great branching paths. I highly recommend the trails around Belcarra (there’s a great one between the swamp and Sasamat that’s beautiful and quiet)

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    • Nutrition is key! I talked to my mentor about the same thing and the most important thing is just maintaining a relatively normal routine. Especially the morning of and day before, eat your normal breakfast and meals. The dinner before should be large and filling, a pasta dish works well. Just nothing that could upset your stomach!

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  5. This is such a cool project, and very impressive! Loved the video as well, very engaging! What changes, if any, did you have to make in your everyday life in order to build up your stamina?

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  6. Great video! You really went the “extra mile” for this one! (I couldn’t resist.)

    Did you ever get bored while you were in the middle of your runs? How did you keep yourself entertained? On that note, how did you keep yourself hydrated? Did you have a water backpack or small water bottles on a belt or something?

    I’d imagine your feet and muscles were quite sore after running. Did you ever wake up one morning with sore muscles but still go running anyway?

    Great job, and I hope you reach 42k sometime in the relatively near future!

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    • Ahaha, I did find myself getting bored sometimes, specifically when I was sore and stuck feeling my body. Most of the time I could get lost in my thoughts though. I don’t listen to any music while I run as I feel like it takes away from the experience. Hydration came in the form of tiny water bottles from old 5 Hour Energy bottles in a fanny pack. It was certainly not perfect but it did the job well!
      When school was on, I was running 3 times a week and with COVID-19 I have found time to run 5-6 times a week. Before COVID I rarely ever woke up sore, but now that I’m running more I feel sore almost every day! However, I do stop if I am sore to the point of feeling injury prone.

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  7. Very impressive Adam! Great work! What would you say the hardest part of training to run a marathon is? How did you stay motivated to keep running often and what helped you stay on track?

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    • I think the hardest part of training for a marathon is staying motivated! Especially while being stuck at home due to COVID and having no races to look forward to it can be hard to self-motivate. I find I stay motivated by being very stubborn and continuing to adjust my goals everyday.

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  8. I really enjoyed your video! (and loved the Rocky soundtrack!!). My favourite part was the animated stick version of you with big runners 🙂 Great work on running as far as you did! Do you plan on trying to run a marathon when the pandemic is over?

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    • Thanks :)! I hope to run a marathon as soon as I feel I’m ready! Sadly I will not be able to run in an official marathon though, as you actually have to be 18 years old or older (which I learned a few weeks into the project!)

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  9. u rly RAN for indepth, i think thats kinda cool, what were some things you learned from this process asides from how to keep a pace?

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    • I rly dID! One of the coolest things I learned from the process are some of the bio mechanical aspects of effective running economy. There is an extremely optimal way to run while expending the least amount of energy and it is an interesting form to work towards.

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  10. I noticed in your video that at times you were burning over 3000 calories on some of these runs! How did you adjust and balance your nutrition and calorie intake/output? Any big takeaways?

    Also, do you have any favourite places to run?

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    • Proper nutrition on-the-run was certainly a challenge! After one of my longer runs I forgot to take in electrolytes when I got home and payed the price, feeling absolutely sick and horrible for hours. I only realized my mistake a couple days later. On my runs I usually bring a pack of Clif Bloks to keep my energy up!
      My favorite place to run has to be alongside the Trans Canada Trail section parallel to Barnet Highway! It is a gorgeous singletrack,

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  11. Your video is you in action in all its glory and humour. Keep running. A skill and exercise that take you places. Which part did you enjoy the most and why?

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    • I tried my best! The part I enjoyed the most had to be meeting a bunch of other runners as apart of the Runners Den Half Marathon clinic. It was super fun hearing a bunch of older folks stories!

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  12. So cool Adam! I found your video really clear and informative. Did you find your training more difficult mentally (i.e. staying motivated) or physically?

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    • Hey Aislyn! The most difficult part of my training was definitely the mental aspects. Some of my early morning runs in the rain had me really hating the world! On Sunday’s after my long runs I felt pretty darn drained mentally as well. It was hard to get much homework done!

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  13. Your video was really well done, good job! As an athlete myself, I go through many struggles while training. What was your biggest struggle during this project?

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  14. Ayyy Adam this is so awesome!! Being Strava buds and seeing your relentless dedication and passion has really been inspiring for me. Keep on striving (or strava-ing??) and let’s get together to pound a long run sometime!

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  15. Great work! I’ve ran the half marathon and that was hard. Many people get injured training for the full. It’s no small feat. Impressive what you accomplished!

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