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unless you have some kind of physical mechanical (joint) problem that you're actually going to fall apart, and your body does actually store carbs (we all do!) You can complete a 6 mile run NOW, this very instant. Just remember, you don't always have to run fast. Running twice a day is good, but only if you're really advanced (just like weight lifting twice a day). If you're up for it, sure, go for it, but don't overtrain and kill yourself the next day ;)

at least once during the week, do some kind of speed training that really works your anerobic (without oxygen) endurance. This is doing sprints or the like. You can also look up things like fartlek runs which are an added fun thing to put into your training.

I suggest this because as you run, especially at faster paces, you'll start to push against your "aerobic threshold" in which case, you'll stop using primarely your aerobic endurance (breathing in, breathing out, still being able to function) and start building lactic acid in your muscles (that burning sensation, especially in anerobic training, but also, usually that vomit, chest burning feeling too). When this happens, your body has to be able to remove that lactic acid and recover correct? Well, the best training for that is intervals. You do a short distance, very fast (anerobic) and then stop for a set amount of time (20-30 seconds say). This forces your body to adapt by being able to pushout the amount of acid you built up, in that set amount of time. Now you can increase the amount by running more distance and then keeping that set recovery duration, or force your body to be able to push out that amount at a shorter duraction by changing the recovery period. Changing around your intervals by distance and recovery is a great way to keep the training "fresh" as well as keep your body from becoming to "relaxed" at a set training method (variability).

Also, with this sports induced asthma, I have a mild case of it, well, i just have it, but training keeps it under wraps. I never use an inhaler, never have, never will. My lungs are just fine and my body capable of adapting, so I trained my lungs by running. You just have to punch through the obsticals that get in your way ;) But the idea here is to improve your aerobic endurance, running is the best because it really pushes your heart and lungs to new levels as you progress in your training. The best way to do this is to run for 60+ minutes at a low intensity (look up intensities and heart rate zones and research), thus you'll be completely in your aerobic endurance area, and really shouldn't get that tired once your metabolism and what not get set in a nice pattern for running at that speed/intensity. Of course no one is a car and can hold at one set speed, you'll run slower and faster, even breaking your aerobic threshold at spots here and there, but all in all, you'll keep aerobic and train that energy system, and improve your lung capacity and your running ability.

And as I mentioned fartleks before, it's basically like doing a long distance run (or a pretty fast speed run) and added times of hightened speed segments. The best one is variable, just running down the street, see a lamp post, sprint until you reach it, then return to your previous jogging pace, and continue doing that as you see different objects to spot a distance. So you may be sprinting for 20 meters or 100 meters, but it's great for inducing that lactic acid (the burn!) by pushing your anerobic endurance, and then while you're returning to your jogging speed (or as you train, you find your 'race speed') and this will now train your body to recover from breaking that aerobic threshold, while you run, so as you run, you don't slow down because you're building lactic acid.

So, in all this training, you should be able to blow through a 6 mile run at a simple low intensity pace. Just remember, start off slow! Don't push off at a higher speed, you'll burn out before you're ready to push yourself in the race. Your metabolism will get set as you start off slow (unless you did a great warmup right before), but toward the end of the race, you'll be ready to push everything you have. You can also look up stories on "the wall" in marathon or distance running, which is what i'm talking about here.

But yeah, you'll make your 6 mile run, I suggest training for a marathon. Sound like too much? It's not! Before I began my marathon training class (which was way too short!) I was only able to run for 3 miles. I learned a lot in class and my own researching, and in three months, not even running in my training for anything more than 2 hours, I completed a marathon.

I believe you can make it and a smaller race like this will be perfect for getting you ready. Once you make it, try a 12k (7+ mile run), and a half marathon (13.1 mile), as well as try other 10ks

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