“Ninety-eight percent of success is in the head and the heart.”
-Cathy Ferguson, Olympic swimming
Once again I increased the mileage on my long run this week. I did 7.3 miles, and I really enjoyed it. I kept the pace easy and consistent. It was the perfect distance for that run. I breezed through the majority of it, but by the last half mile I could start to feel it. I believe this showed that the run was challenging enough to improve my body, but not too hard where it might lead to overtraining or injury.
Buoyed by my long run, I decided to push my next standard run a little. My calves did not like if one bit. So I have concluded that worrying about my pace in my Barefoot Running transition is not a priority. I will continue to increase my mileage as appropriate, and keep my pacing light and easy. Then hopefully my pace will naturally improve without pushing it.
Just when my calves started to hate me again, the weather helped me out. The snow and ice came, meaning I didn’t have a decision to make on my training. I had to stay indoors, so I did two days of Yoga. I then did another standard run on Thursday. There was nothing out of the ordinary to report on that run.
On a tangent I listened to Keto Talk podcast on the way to work this morning. They were discussing a Study that looked into the runners high. This was an Athletic Study and had nothing to do with the Ketogenic Diet. They concluded the runners high was a result of the brain being flooded with Beta Hydroxybutyrate/Ketones, and helps explain why running helps with depression and anxiety. So we Keto folk always talk about a mental clarity and feeling of calmness…. Well it’s because we are walking around with a constant mild runners high obviously!!! Thumbs up.
- Races – in 2017 I want to race in minimum of two 10k’s, two Half Marathons, and the Bournemouth Marathon on the 8th October 2017. CTS Northumberland 10k entry confirmed for 25 Feb’17. http://www.endurancelife.com/event-new.asp?series=87&location=309
- Training – Using mainly the MAF Test method by Phil Maffetone. https://philmaffetone.com/180-formula/
- Technique – Barefoot Running. Currently wearing Freet Footware – Meta Ayr. 4mm sole, zero drop. http://freetfootwear.co.uk/
- Diet – Ketogenic Diet & LCHF, based around a Primal way of eating unprocessed real food. http://www.ruled.me/guide-keto-diet/
Workouts: 5th – 11th November 2016 (exported from my Final Surge account) – www.finalsurge.com
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Weekend Long Run
Nice run out on Saturday Morning, not at MAF.
Completed: 7.36 mi ~ 1:33:05 (12:39 min/mi)
Post Workout Notes: Longest run out in my barefoot training. Went well, really enjoyed it. No injuries. Kept pace controlled by in and out nose breathing. Not at MAF.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Not a MAF Run.
Completed: 3.36 mi ~ 40:21 (12:00 min/mi)
Post Workout Notes: Went a bit faster than normal, and my calves did not like it. Not injured but sore. Lesson learned.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
20 minute Yoga session
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
25 minute Yoga session
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Evening run, not at MAF.
Completed: 3.45 mi ~ 47:01 (13:37 min/mi)
Post Workout Notes: Easy run. Breathed in and out through my nose, to help control my pace. Calves seemed tight to start with but loosened off. They were a little tight again the next morning.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Completed Run: 14.17 mi ~ 3:00:27
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