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Training Nov 26 – Dec 9

I know I that I intended to post weekly updates, but of course life got in the way and one week turned into two and before the it becomes three, I decided that it was time for me to sit down and pull a post together. So here goes.

As I look at my calendar from the past two weeks, one thing is crystal clear. I have been able to get in all of my workouts without fail. As I said in my last post, it is pretty easy to get these in since none of them are very long, averaging well under an hour. What is is also clear, is that I am recovering well day-to-day and don’t have a need to add rest days into my schedule at this point. I am sure that will change when I begin to build more intensity into my program once 2018 rolls around. For the foreseeable future, I intend to stick with a 3 day per week running program and begin to build in my OCR specific workouts around that base.  I intend to hit 2 or 3 of those per week depending on how well my recovery goes between workouts.

Nov 26 - Nov 9 Training

As I look at the past three weeks, one thing that I can see is that my volume is ramping up nicely. That is show in the chart below. The only thing that might be a problem is that I am probably ramping up a bit faster than I planned. But as long as I feel good and my foot stays pain free, I intend to keep raising the duration until I get up to about 10 hours per week. I don’t expect to be there until the end of January or early February at the soonest.

Duration

What I have also seen in the data is that I am doing well stick to the “Low Intensity Training Plan”. As can be seen below, the vast majority of my training is in Zone 2 followed closely by Zone 3. Those 2 zones accounted for nearly 85% of my training last week, just the way I want it to be. As I move forward into the new year, my plan is to slightly drop both the Zone 2 and Zone 3 percentages and add that time into Zones 4, 5 and 6. When that happens, I will be more or less training at two intensities, really hard and really easy. My goal will be for the intense portions to make up no more than 25% of my training volume.

Zones

In comparison, I pulled a selection of data from last year and it was far, far different. The vast majority of my training time was in Zone 4, the kind of hard, but not really too hard zone. The one that really wears me out when I grind through it day after day. This is what I am looking to avoid this season.

Data 2017

Finally, as I look at something that is completely new to me, I have my Heart Rate Variability chart below. Based on what I have gleaned from various sources, including EliteHRV and HRV4Training an increasing HRV and a decreasing CV is an indication that my body is responding well to my training load. If I see this heading in a different direction, then I will have to take steps to modify my training plan. But, until then I am just moving forward.

HRV Chart

 

 

 

 

 

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Palmerton Spartan Super 2017

Going into Palmerton I had only one simple goal, to perform better than I did last year. If you aren’t familiar, last year’s race has a name unto itself Burpeefest. It was a horror show of epic proportions, including 240 burpees and major legs cramps. It finally ended after 3:39.54 of exquisite suffering.

So, to outperform last year all I needed to do was beat last year’s time and get there with less than 240 burpees. It seemed like a relatively “easy” task. Continue reading “Palmerton Spartan Super 2017”

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Back to College Park Parkrun

This weekend I decided to venture back to the College Park Parkrun and give myself another shot at at redemption in a 5k. The conditions today were much better than my first race. Instead of 26 degrees, today it was 42 degrees and sunny for the start. It was actually quite pleasant.

Start

My plan for the day was to start off a bit slower and then see how things progressed for the rest of the race. Last time, I ran the first half mile way to hard. This time I swore I would be smarter. Continue reading “Back to College Park Parkrun”

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2017 the year ahead

It is hard to believe that March is already half over, spring is just around the corner and that my race season begins in a couple of months.

So what will I be doing this year?

My races will once again be focused on Spartans, but I may try to get the fall Maryland Savage race on my schedule since I have a score to settle with Sawtooth and Wheel World from that race. I am also pondering a shot at a fall marathon if I feel good coming out of Killington. Continue reading “2017 the year ahead”

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5k Fun – Parkrun College park

So I wake up and look look at the temperature its a balmy 22 degrees and windy. So what is the best way to spend the morning? Stay in bed? Lounge around the house and drink coffee? Of course not. The best thing is to head a couple of miles up the road to our free weekly 5k, the College Park, Parkrun. Why pick today for my first race in 6 months? Continue reading “5k Fun – Parkrun College park”