I assume I'll be using this forum for discussing my training, musing on the wacky world of running (and the wacky world as well when necessary), and just documenting some of the day to day happenings in my life.
So, what's been going on with my running (and yes, it is MY running)? Why have I not raced since July 27, 2006 (~3 years & 3 months ago)?
I had foot surgery over 1 1/2 years ago - removing a sick sesamoid bone from my big toe joint that had apparently been stress fractured for over 2 years. That actually followed over 1 1/2 years of life without racing (and more time than that of pain free running).
The recovery from the foot surgery has come in fits and starts. My first post-surgery run took place on September 24, 2008. I finished 2008 with a grand total of 348.5 treadmill miles. I first ran outside on February 3, 2009. But based on how my foot and form felt, I rarely had the confidence that I'd be able to progress to actual TRAINING anytime soon. I also spent a lot of time on the Concept 2 indoor rowing ergometer and Precor elliptical machine. So while I hadn't done much running "training" since 2006, I think I could say that for much of the time, I'd stayed "fit."
So I was running in 2009. Through July, I had put in the following months of mileage:
- January 224M
- February 178.4M
- March 182M
- April 89.2M
- May 147.5M
- June 146M
- July 194M
The more I discussed it, read about it, and thought about it, the more it seemed to make sense for this point in my running. I had (and have) no races lined up. I was still coming off of a long-term injury break. And I wanted to try something different. In numerous back & forths with Tim, I settled on a MAF HR "window" of 115 to 130, and have been very loyal to those numbers for the past 2 months. I'll detail the training a little more in a future post, but the MAF training has allowed me to run every day and post the following weeks since (keep in mind, I still do a fair number of miles on the treadmill - more on that later):
I've committed to continuing my MAF base building through the end of 2009, and I've found no reason to derivate from that plan. Again, I'll soon post some more details and the progress of my training over the past couple of months, and what I hope to transition into after I'm done with this "block" of MAF work. So, more later...
In the meantime, I did want to mention seeing this blurb about the Des Moines Marathon from over the weekend. It reminded me of running the Joe Colton's Off Road Adventure Run back in 2005. GZ and I headed up there, and learned from the race director that there was a good chance we could get stopped by a train during the race. Not knowing how the race would play out (or even if a train would affect the race), it was interesting musing on the possibilities. I thought about one ideal turn of events with a train showing up - seeing the train, and either passing the leader or extending my lead and outracing the train, leaving my nearest competitors stuck behind the train while I recovered from my mid-race surge. But there were less exciting options - losing one's well earned lead, getting run over by the train, or having the train actually STOP on the tracks. As it turned out, I ended up running in 2nd for much of the 15 Mile race that year, probably trailing by close to 2 miles at points in the race behind Kristian Agnew (1:22:21 to 1:31:42). And I had to deal with the weak mental mindset of hoping for a train to slow him down. No such luck... But this weekend's Des Moines Marathon does make me laugh at running's place in things. I realize that Des Moines is not Chicago, or the Olympics...but can you imagine a train affecting the result of the SuperBowl or World Series?
Today's training (10.22.09):
- AM weigh-in: 169.4#
- AM - Rowing: 10K (39:34.7) 31 spm, AHR120/MHR125...
- AM - Running: ...8M treadmill (55:04) i=1, AHR116/MHR122
- PM (1:30) - Running: 7.5M (52:42), AHR122/MHR129. Home to Thomas Res (.79M), 8 x .71M Thomas Res loops (5.68M), Thomas Res to Home (.79M - 7.26M total), 5 x strides on path behind house.
- Running Totals: 15.5M day / 71.5M week / 336.5M month
- Rowing Totals: 10K day / 26K week / 156K month
MAF track test #1 (@ Erie Middle School track 09.10.09 - 3M WU)
- 8K (36:01), 7:14.7/M, AHR128/133 (7:54@MAF+/28:07@MAF - in trying to keep HR right below 130, it can be quite easy to go "over the top." Again, my MAF "zone" has been 115-130)
- 7:08.7(AHR128), 7:12.6(128), 7:14(128), 7:13.5(128), 7:12.2(128)
- Weight = 179#
- 8K (34:29.1), 6:56.2/M, AHR127/131 (2:17@MAF+/32:01@MAF - better control on keeping HR under 130 this time out)
- 6:53.2(AHR126), 6:53.7(127), 6:53.8(127), 6:53.7(127), 6:54.7(128)
- Weight - 173#
One of the questions I keep kicking around in my head, is why I'm able to put in this type of volume while staying healthy. My educated guess is that in the past it's been either too much intensity (quality), or better put, too much quality before I've established a necessary amount of structural strength. So, based on that theory, I'm currently building my structural strength, so if that when I begin working in the quality runs and workouts in the new year, my body will be much better prepared to handle it. I haven't had to worry about it yet, but I'm still not sure what the plan will be come January. I figure to start working in lactate threshold (LT) runs, V02 Max based interval workouts, and depending on how my foot feels - some hill work. The current plan is to focus that training on maximizing my track 5000m performance, while being able to race well below (1500/mile) and above (10K). More later...