Being sick sucks. It’s the worst for a runner whose kind of obsessive like myself because you feel bad backing off in training. I’m a lot better than I used to be. Now I can justify it and convince myself that rest or easy jogging is better for me than hitting some mileage amount for the day, I’ll do that. What I’ve found to work is to work out in my mind what’s best for me and give the reasons. That way I can convince myself that maybe an easy day would be better here. In the past I’d just try and run through it and be fried because of it for a while…..
Anyways, just a quick update and some notes. Training, besides the brief bout of sickness, is going well. This season I’m experimenting and trying a couple of new things to see how I respond to them. I’ll let you know if they work or not. Anyways, just one of them is that I’m trying to fully develop my LT before moving onto the next phase of training. So that means I’m going deeper into the season with just stuff to improve the LT (LT paced work, then add to the mix some work slightly faster, then add in some good old speed variations of AT/10k pace- all of which seem to improve LT or give it a boost.
Some other training experiments I’m working on (don’t want to give away all of them yet. Plus there just theoretical at the moment, so I want to test the results before saying ‘hey this is a good idea.’) I think I’ve got a decent workout that should improve your kick. It works in theory and it’s a varaition off of what some have done in the past, but I’m intrigued by it. The premise is to first increase total muscle fiber recruitment then try and do a workout where I build up lactate (H+, etc. if you want to get technical with me) then force the body to increase muscle fiber recruitment, then kick. ANyways the theory is that it will teach you to kick by teaching the body to be able to recruit more fibers or sustain fiber recruitment in a highly acidic state. I’ll probably test it out once or twice on the HSers first.
Enough for now. cya
Props for this week:
Ben Kozy for winning a 5miler in a solid 25:46ish.
KO kids for running well at montgomery invite. Their coming along and improving nicely.