Best looking course on the east coast of Scotland? I would think so... up for debate
Weekly Cool Down - #21
I hope you are all enjoying this sun.
I will admit that I have been rather busy over the past 7-days and the time I have been at the computer has been spent writing an article for a fantastic website called SomeGoodIdeas . They produce some great content around food, culture and sustainability, please check them out. I was honoured to be asked to write a piece on my top tips for getting into running and enjoying it. I have not written something like this for a while and I believe no matter the level you are running at there are some relevant ideas to remind yourself off. My piece will be on their website at some point during this week.
The idea I just want to briefly touch on that resonated with me while writing this piece was the theme of patience. When you started swimming you would not have just jumped into the deep end and tired swim 40 lengths or in rugby or hockey you would not have tried to tackle the biggest and most experienced player on the field at your first attempt of tackling. The same goes for getting into running or returning from an injury. Do not just step out the door and try tick of a 30minute run as there will only be one outcome of that story. There is nothing wrong with the run/walk something like run 2minutes walk 4minutes. With patience you become consistent and like most things this is the key for getting better at running. Consistency can be measured across the weeks, months and then years, so take your time and enjoy.
My running took a step in the right direction this week as I was moving a lot better, be it a lot slower. I kept it honest and ran between 45-70 minutes a day with one double day. As I was not ready to do some running sessions Tom through in some bike sessions, which I have not done in a long time and absolutely loved. Cross training is really helping at this time and being able to step out the door and go straight into a session is brilliant. I already feel that I am gaining some solid aerobic benefits without impacting my body. If any of you have a bike or indoor trainer I would advise this session - 15minutes warm up - 6 minutes (at an hour pace) + 12*30'/30' (sprint) + 6 minutes (hard) - Warm down. What I did take out of this week and something I will look to focus on the coming weeks is my running form. Dull I know... but after looking at a video of me running my shoulders and arm carriage stiffening up as well as noticing my feet are pointing outwards when I contact the ground, plus a few other things. I would suggest at this time recording yourself just so that you can have a look at your form and it gives you something to work on at this time. Personally, before watching this I thought I was moving efficiently though there is a hell of a lot I can be working on at this time.
Weekly Cool Down #1 07.01.20 A week in Chamonix really takes a lot out of the body trying to fit in the running on top of the skiing meant that I went into this past week with tired legs and a couple niggles specifically in my hamstring and right ankle. Robert, kindly squeezed me in on the Monday to help work out the niggles and flush out the legs ahead of Wednesday. Wrap Up Monday: AM: 8miles @ 7:07/m - massage session /PM: 60min cycle Tuesday: AM: 6miles @ 7:07/m / PM: 6miles @ 6:54/m - This was a different approach to telford so really took it easy on these runs but inluded some drills in the PM Wednesday: AM:1.4m WU - Serpentine NYT Race - 31:51 / PM: 5miles @ 7:15/m Thursday: AM: 12miles @ 6:52/m / Gym session - included kettlebell and plyometric drills Friday:AM: 8miles @ 6:52/m / PM: 6.3miles @ 6:00/m Saturday: AM: 10min Tempo (5:09/m) - 10* 60”hills - 5*250m (avg. 4:40/m-45”) - this was a tough session but a great one to put in the bank. 10.8miles @ 6:24/m / PM: 5miles @ 7:07/m Sun…
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10.06.20 Hanging onto Dad's wheel down to into Crail Weekly Cool Down - #22
I hope you are all well. Sorry for the delay, I ended up loosing a lot of content yesterday morning that did not save. Very frustrating!
Training took a positive step forward this week. It is nice having the goal to build back to full fitness when there is no rush to get back racing, as I am sure at this time with no races on the cards it’s hard to keep your motivation up if you are in the best shape possible and it’s even harder to maintain it at that level.I have enjoyed just keeping the training relaxed but I am defiantly missing racing and the social scene that goes with it, especially at this time of the year when those Sri Chimony Monday Night 5k start to kickoff.
As I have been steadily increasing my mileage over the last three weeks I have started using a new piece of tech called the Stryd Power Meter. From what I can make out this is the only device out there tha…
Weekly Cool Down 05.05.20
Another one of Dumbarnie Links - 10*150m (running the bend) Weekly Cool Down - #17
I hope you are keeping well and not too stir crazy. All is alright on this side of the screen, I throw myself at training last week and ticked off two sessions that I was happy with and then kept the running easy for the remainder of the week, even though my HR would say otherwise, I think the battery needs a swap out.
This week I tried a session that I have never done before and on paper it looked rather light and easy but I was blooming knackered after it. Having joined the athletics scene later in life via triathlon I feel I have missed out on the traditional route most athletes take when stepping into longer distance stuff. It is obvious that there is a focus on short faster sessions in youth athletics, and I never really had a shot at focusing on this, not that I ever really had a strong 100m or 200m time but I have missed out on working on that max spee…