Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Running and Chess

As many other bloggers have noted before me, there are parallels between chess and sports. I am getting very serious about training for running for Cross Country and Track for my school (I run the mile and two-mile). Right now we are focusing on ramping up our miles at a moderate pace (6:30-7:15 mile pace or so for 7-15 miles), just to build endurance. Later on we will build our anaerobic threshold, VO2 max, etc. using interval and tempo training at the right time in the season. Then of course come the meets themselves, which test the training. This is similar to chess. We train the strategy, opening, tactics, and endgame portions of the whole shebang to improve. But seeing the parallel to chess, i guess you could say that interval training is most like cts. you are just able to go faster. it is of vital importance to train every part of you game/body so that you can perform at peak level. i'm not sure what else i can say, but i also think that it is very important to get in lots of quality training, challenging yourself to improve, before proving your mettle on the chess board or at the track. Just some thoughts from generalkaia. Let me know if anything sounds vaguely correct here. :)


At 2:57 PM, Blogger transformation said...

i ran a marathon when i was 15. i still run, but i work at a big retailer and its WAY too much stress. it can actually make me sick if im not carefull.

i stand for 8 to 9 hours per day.

but i schedule a week off in aug or sept to get ready for a SINGLE DAYS alpine mountaineering, as the idea of charging up some mountain intra year makes me feel like sleeping or sitting in a chair and blogging instead.

im not lazy. but my legs get so many miles. i walk 2000 miles a year. 8,000 miles inside a big store since 2002, and waiting on other people... going up ladders, loading carpet, tile...

thanks for your comment, david
REPOST FROM your running blog :)

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said...


At 11:19 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I trained for triathlons for years and did several.

Your training regimen sounds good but I highly, highly recommend using a heart monitor and learn how to train using one. It is the quickest way to top fitness.

At 10:02 AM, Blogger takchess said...

I think there is a direct correlation between the playing chess and the number of people who have participate in running and/or some sort of martial arts. I have run 2 marathons as well as MT washington -8 miles up- when younger. I also wrestled. Perhaps it is just that MDLM appeals to those who have done long individual training of some sort. Good Luck with it all !

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