Posted: 01/02/2016 at 11:45
Rob – some good stuff on Strava from you. Have you started marathon training yet as I can’t remember which one you’re running ?
Washwood – yes, have seen some of your stuff on Strava as well, all seems to be going along quite nicely.
Ali – good to hear you’re back out on the roads and some good runs from you over the weekend as well. Zone does mean HR zones. I haven’t tried to define my zone accurately recently so am basically working on perceived effort i.e. how I feel when I’m running. So, for me, zone 1 = walking, zone 2 = running at a slow pace and breathing fairly formally, zone 3 = increased effort and taking deeper breaths, zone 4 is just pushing it fast or up inclines so making it tough and unable to hold a conversation, zone 5 = well, zone 5 means I collapse in a heap on the ground. When trying to become fat adapted it is recommended to stay in zone 2 as that is optimum for the adaptation process; it also means that people pass you when they are walking ! As you adapt, you will become more efficient and therefore start to run quicker but with the same amount of effort, as measured by your heart rate. It’s a long old process and not I have the inclination to follow to the letter.
IBB – not for off a PB in these conditions is a cracking effort.
Carl – good to hear from you again. The right decision not to run Paris and will give Mrs C some peace of mind. Hopefully, work won’t get in the way of your running for too long.
Things are going ok for me on the running front at the moment. I had my biggest ever mileage week last week with a total of 58. This included a 10 mile run midweek, 12 on Friday morning before work and 21 on Saturday morning. It is still hard going running on the flat and very slowly but I can certainly feel things are getting better. My long run on Saturday was fasted and I managed to get to 15 miles before needing to take on a gel. Hopefully more of the same this week and, at the moment and subject to how my legs feel, more back to back long runs at the weekend.