20
Jul
09

out of sync

100% Confused – Like Father Christmas Or The Tooth Fairy – Rules Were Made To Be Broken

I am still struggling with the concept of 60% effort or 70% effort from my Training Schedule and am also a little bemused that the training plan I have doesn’t have distances on it but times. I also still can’t really get my empty head around the concept of interval training – at the moment I just have to believe that it does work. Maybe it’s like levitation or fairies… some odd sort of faith, where if I believe in it, it will exist. Who knows, but I’ll have my answer in little over a month when the first of my next bunch of races happens.

I mentioned before that I was using it as a guide rather than sticking to it rigidly and I shall try to illustrate this for you…

On Sunday, I was supposed to complete a “long slow distance run” of 50 minutes duration. Knowing that I had stuff planned for Sunday that would make the run impossible, I had to shift it forward to the Saturday. So I did a 4 and a half (ish) mile run with Hauling My Carcass along the banks of the Thames, with a 210 metre sprint across Hammersmith Bridge at the half way point and a subsequent 200 metre walk where neither of us talked but exchanged glances that meant ” I don’t feel very well now. Are you OK?” before continuing the run. And the run was prefixed and suffixed by a 6 mile cycle ride from / to the train station. So my “50 minute run” was actually a 40ish minute run with a 12 mile cycle. Tomorrow was supposed to be a “35 minute steady run” which due to more stuff happening, I had to move forward to today. And once again I was a little over zealous. What should have been 35 mins turned into a 1:04:04 weighing in at just a shade under 7 miles. It seemed a shame to stop as I was feeling quite relaxed… Wednesday should be 34 minutes of interval training so I’ll see if I can at least try and stick to that.

Soundtrack to this post: Jam Talay Sai – Soisong


5 Responses to “out of sync”


  1. July 21, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I don’t like those kinds of training schedule either, although they do work. But I stick to training schedules that don’t hurt my head and make me do maths but just say go and run for 3 miles.

  2. 2 eatingtrees
    July 21, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I suppose being told how far to run is a lot easier but I’ll give this one a try. I reckon as long as I err on the side of caution and do a bit more than I am supposed to, there should be some results. Although intervals still baffle me…!

  3. July 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I did intervals on the treadmill a couple of years ago but got injured, speed kills!

  4. July 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I don’t think it matters much what schedule you use as they all work if you stick to them. So if you prefer distance then use that.

    I happen to prefer heart rate and time as the variables to pay attention to and have never worried much about distance and speed. But that is neither better or worse.

  5. 5 iliketocount
    July 31, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I’m just going to run around a bit and panic that I haven’t done enough when the time comes. My cycling to work seems to have the same effect as the hills had in Hastings so that’s my interval work done without stepping out! Shame the legs go in circles instead of forwards afterwards…


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