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WOW: Persistence Hunt
Posted By Mark Sisson On February 28, 2011 @ 8:22 am In Workout of the Week (WOW) | 12 Comments
You have 50 minutes to:
Move/Run/Walk 2.5 Miles Unencumbered
Move/Run/Walk 2.5 Miles With Object 1/5 Bodyweight
Warmup: One minute Grok Squat .
Whoa, whoa, whoa – 50 minutes of cardio, Sisson? Isn’t that dangerously close to “Chronic”? And besides, I thought our ancestors weren’t long distance runners … what gives?
Maintaining a 10-minute mile pace for 50 minutes performed every now and again doesn’t qualify as Chronic Cardio . For one, chronic refers to frequency. Running a half marathon just to see if you can do it isn’t really problematic; training for that half marathon by obsessively running seventy miles a week probably is. This is a challenge, not something to do three times a week.
Mostly, though? This is something to test your mettle and drive you to greater heights. It’s designed to measure how far you’ve come – and how far you can go. Five miles isn’t a huge distance, but when you’re forced to carry a sizable weight for half of those five miles while figuring out how to pace yourself to make the fifty minute limit, things get tricky. This isn’t a pure test of your physical endurance, where you push, push, push until your lungs hurt. It’s also a mental challenge. You have to plan your attack, much like Grok  would have done when persistence hunting  a prey animal. Do you push yourself for the first leg of the hunt, leaving plenty of time to move 2.5 miles while carrying the weight? Do you sprint , stop, jog, and start, going in fractal spurts , or do you keep a steady pace?
The choice is yours. Just make sure you make it in fifty minutes.
A few things to remember:
If you feel up to it, do the hunt in 45 minutes. If 50 is beyond your capabilities set your own challenging goal and give this WOW a try.
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