Hello everyone on this thread....I know this is probably not a great time to join the thread, with the VLM in 2 weeks, and everything coming to a head for many of you, but I've just decided to start Base Training with the Faster Road Racing Ptifzinger plans.
I live in Hong Kong and have been disillusioned by a mad on-line coach for a couple of years (!!), and although I am 49, I still think I can do something with these old legs of mine. Goal is to break 1:43 HM and 45 mins 10K. Right now racing season is almost over, I did my last race 2 weeks ago, a disappointing trail/hilly 14K. Have been hit by the flu 2x this winter and this has impacted my training, my time was nearly 8 mins over my PB and it was a struggle, not a nice feeling.
I'm going to do the Base Training (72K) from around week 2, then follow a 10K or HM plan after that for races starting in the autumn. Summer is far too hot to race here in Hong Kong.
Yes, that's me with the mad coach. I told him I haven't been running well since 2 bouts of flu this winder, and he set me 4 x 3K HM pace today, with 4K steady afterwards. Of course, I couldn't handle it.
I will have a look at the thread then. Have lost my mojo, plus the 99% humidity here (aka mist / fog / drizzle, can't see a thing, everything is wet) doesn't help in the training. Need to reboot, rebuild a fitness base, and then train for better racing.
I am reading a Pete Pfitzinger book called Faster Road Racing and am considering starting his programmes as training for the next racing season this autumn. I have used an on-line coach in the past, but am getting bored with the same workouts, and he only gives out 2 weekly schedules; I can't see the whole picture of where I am at. Also can't see that I get faster towards the end of the training and the volume is more or less the same throughout.
How has everyone elses performances fared on using Ptizinger or other printed training schedules? What are the pros and cons?
I've been reading up about max HR as I found that sometimes I trained 60% of my time in Zone 5 of my Garmin HR records (I have a Forerunner 225), and that was quite shocking to me.
I'm 48, so using the most common calculators I have a max HR of around 176. Then I read that you can measure by running 2 x 3 mins, and looking at the HR of your 2nd rep, that is the max HR. So I looked at my training records for some 800m reps. I recently did 12 x 800m, and my max HR on the 2nd rep was around 160. But after the 5th rep the max HR leapt to over 200 in each of the reps, though I did finish the session.
So what is my max HR? My resting HR is around 48 or so, I have not really been very conscientious at measuring this.
Just wondered how many of you take a rest during the year, and then pick up training ready for target races? And how long does it take for you to train for say, a competitive half marathon after the rest?
I don't follow my coach from about March to end of August, the summer months, when there are no races and it is far too hot in Hong Kong for serious training. Nevertheless I run around 4x a week, with usually 2 easy runs, a faster session based on effort not on time, and of course, a long run. Then I follow more systematic training from September for races in November through to February, key ones in December/January.
I was complaining to my coach last week that didn't feel that fit and lacked confidence and he said that's because I 'rested' over the summer. But from what I read many HM programmes are around 3 months, so shouldn't that be sufficient time for getting race-ready, considering my base running over the summer?
Surely you can't train hard 12 months a year, and isn't there something called periodization? I ran a 1hr 42 HM for my preparation race in November, with my goal HM just before Xmas, target around 1hr 41.