LC, Thanks for the HR data.
Here are my zone reccomendations:
65-70% Very easy 127-13770-75% Easy 137-14775-80% Steady 147-15780-85% Moderate 157-16685-90% Tempo 166-17690-95% Interval 176-186 As you suspected though, you have been spending too much time in the higher zones, and this has left quite a bit of the toothpaste in the tube. In your first 6 weeks phase, I would do all your runs in zones 1 and 2.Weeks 6-12 should then involve some (1 or 2 max) zone 3 runs.I would fully expect that given enough time in the first 2 zones, over the first 6 weeks, your pace should improve by at least 1m/mile in these zones.
Thank you very much for this
LC, And to add:
At the end of 6 weeks i would expect you to be doing something like this: Mon 45mins zone1Tues 70mins zone2Wed 60mins zone1Thurs 45mins zone2Fri 70mins zone1Sat restSun 90mins zone1 Build it gradually though.This may seem a big step up, but if you stick to the zones, you should easily be able to cope. As you build up the runs, ensure you stay flexible (yoga/pilates are good), and do plenty of stretching.
Rodders, Some good numbers there, a solid start. Once you startt to hit 70mins on most of your (easy) runs, big adaptations take place, and the improvement comes.
My 1st week back running after the marathon amounted to 3-5-7-8-8-rest-8, so happy with that.
Just spent a while reading all of this. Interesting stuff and something I think I'm going to try for the rest of th year.
As a little background - I had an excellent early part of the year. Just breaking 59 mins for 10 miles, 35'48 for 10k and 2'49 at VLM. All pretty big PBs. However, since then I've been gradually on the decline (possilbe lack of recovery, too much 'fast' running etc).
In March I ran 379 miles at 7'29 per mile avg, avg HR 137bpm.In October I purposely reduced mileage quite a lot cos I thought my problem was overtraining/overreaching. So I did 169 miles (my lowest this year) - 8'22 per mile avg, avg HR 136bpm.
So my gradual decline has seen me lose about 60 secs/mile for the same HR from where I was in March.
I've dabbled with Hadd over the past 2 weeks but haven't done everything at the right pace. I've often ran with friends/done Club Runs and the HR has been far too high etc, so I need far more discipline and patience and to fly solo for a while I think.
Running 50 mpw is pretty straight forward for me at present, and running 7 days a week is fine. I've not done a max HR test, but the max I've had while racing this year has been 178bpm, so I've just knocked 15bpm off all the stats Hadd quotes for Joe (and assume it'll be about 180bpm). Avg HR for London was 157bpm, so it's about right I think. I'm therefore working on 130bpm as my slow pace, and 145bpm as my sub-LT. It's quite hilly here so keeping at 130bpm has seen a few 10'00+ min/miles - I've found this really tough, but the plan is to just use the Garmin purely as a HRM and stopwatch and just run for time and HR as per Brian's advice.
Not sure if I have any questions on this as such - but my LT level seems to have dropped quite significantly, so I'm hoping this approach will help.
Not done the 2400m test yet, but might have a dabble this week if I can. Will give me a baseline if nothing else.
Interested to see if anyone has any views/advice anyway, cos I'm going through the mill a bit at the mo!
Hi LS21, welcome to the fold. Glad you enjoyed Amsterdam, I was there last year, and really enjoyed it too. Knowing a little about you already (from the sub-3 thread), I think the decline is mainly down to you being totally knackered. I know you've done the 24 hour thing, and 2 marathons, and lots of races recently, and maybe it's just time to take a rest.Knowing that you (like me) will not want to just take a month off, the hadd stuff will hopefully be the next best thing, and act as "active recovery".Maybe there is mental tiredness also, I do also think that there was an injury in there somewhere (gained in one of the 24 hour runs?).
Certainly from a mental point of view, the hadd stuff does have a rather refreshing effect.If you just focus on time and HR, it automatically takes away the stress/pressure of pace and mileage.We are both in the same recovery phase as far as the marathon is concerned, and so a similar approach would seem reasonable. My max is high 180s, and my runs since the marathon have been 123,122,129,131 and 125.So If I were you I would go right back down to the 65-70% zone (115-125), lets call this zone 1.Ok this is gonna be some serious wombling, but it might be beneficial for you to get right to the bottomof the tube again, hopefully whilst refreshing the legs and the mind.
My initial plan for you would be something like this
Week1mon 45mins z1tue 50mins z1wed 60mins z1thur 45mins z1fri 70mins z1Sat restSun 70mins z1
Week2mon 50mins z1tues 70mins z2wed 60mins z1thurs 70mins z1fri 60mins z2sat restsun 80mins z1
where z2 is 70-75% (125-134)
This takes you up to a full month after the marathon, and ready for some slightly less easy stuff.
Cheers for the repply - and yes nail on head there I think with the 'totally knackered' line! Think you're right re the mental tiredness too. I had a good London, trained hard for the 24 Hr thing (which went well) and then Amsterdam was one step (or several steps actually...) too far. So I ditched Amsterdam as a race, ran with a mate in 3'24 and had a great time. Oh and the injury was last year by the way - Aug-Dec time pretty much.
That plan looks pretty good yes. I've been bending BR's ear quite a bit re all this too! I'm finding the slow stuff really hard, but I need to be far more patient (not one of my virtues) - but I seriously need to do something dramatcially different, cos I'm shot to bits at the mo. I'm not even getting near to the tube to even try squeezing the toothpaste at the mo!
I've got one more stupid thing to do this Sat (National XC Relays) but it's only 5k. After that I'm thinking circa 12 weeks of Hadd-esque stuff and then a 12 week Mara-specific plan. I'm hoping that by 'committing' to this thread it'll make sure I DO only run in the zones prescribed, and not settle back into my 'normal' pace again. As I say, finding it hard but needs must I think.
LS21 - Hi! I read one of your posts on fb recently and nearly replied with "you need a rest", but glad to see you're here and I think Brian's on to something with getting back down the other end of the toothpaste tube!
As for myself, following my 4-week post-op appointment recently I now have a more concrete recovery plan. The doc was very pleased with my progress in terms of range of movement in the hip, and all the exercise I've managed to do over the past few weeks. Having originally talked about 3 - 6 months to get back to running, he's now saying I should be good to give it a try over the next 4 - 6 weeks. So my plan is to carry on kncoking the hell out of the bike and the gym for the whole of November and return to running from beginning of December.
Given that I want to keep up a decent level of cycling (need to be in a fit state for track racing next season!) I don't think I'll be able to follow a textbook HADD plan but I will be treating Dec/Jan/Feb as a solid period of building up mileage and limiting my running to sub-threshold pace. Hopefully then I'll be in a good state to get back into tempo/faster running and return to the track to sharpen up in time for a return to racing around April or so. That's the plan. The XC guys will have to chase promotion without me.
Oh and I've somehow managed to get myself back down to 12 stone, 2 pounds lighter than when I ran a 2:44 marathon.
Nice one Phil. Great news on the rehab going so well. And the weight!!!!
All that great tucker you feed yourself too!!!!!
Looks like we'll all be aerobic monsters come 2012
Great news and great progress Phil!
Unfortunately my attempt to bridge October's marathon with some speed-work, aiming towards a 10K PB attempt in November have ended with injury, so I will be crss-training for a while before re-starting a Hadd-based schedule on my return.
Mmmmmm, tough lesson to learn there DrDan. Been there bought the physio.
After Marathon, one week off, then easy 3 weeks. Remember for next time.
Hope the injury clears quickly.
Not too worried Brian ... pretty sure a decent break will sort things out and I could probably do with a psychological break after all the marathon miles. An opportunity to swim and cycle for a few weeks which will also be useful for 2012's summer triathlon campaign.
Hope to be back in time for a good attempt at the Brass Monkey in January.
It does seem that we find these things out by pure accident!! I did the same this year, overdid it in Jan/Feb, injured till June, then flying by October when I thought I would struggle. The rest obviously does us good, even though we get it thru injury. Must be a lesson to learn here.
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