Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Lighter Weights - Harder Miles

I'm gradually transitioning from gym to road. My standard gym routine is now cut back to 1 basic exercise per body part using a lower weight but with more repetitons. Only legs and core are exceptions. This has several effects:
  1. less time in the gym allows more time on the road each evening
  2. a bit of sciatica and one or two other niggles have all but cleared up
  3. feeling a bit lighter on my feet although not much actual weight difference

Out on the road I'm gradually increasing both distance and intensity. Still hampered by being extremely cold and with lots of snow around I nevertheless managed a very hilly 4 hrs 20 mins on Saturday followed by another extreme hill on Sunday which consumed over half a 1 hr 30 min run. And similar yesterday - Easter Monday.

A fairly slow pace partly caused by a left hamstring pull. Which in turn was caused initially when I fell over a dog back in November. See earlier blog post! I didn't realise it at the time but I "lost" (detached and ending up in a balled lump) part of my hamstring in that escapade. And what is left doesn't lke being pushed too hard. But I'm carefully managing it now. After all Challenge 30 isn't about pace, it isn't about performing at the edge of my maximum performance envelope. It is about enduring - measuring my effort so that I can last for a very long time.

It's been dull for videos as I've not being doing too much that is exciting. So I videoed the whole of my weekday training hill.

"Jenkin Road - Hill training Torture" can be seen HERE. Or by going through to my YouTube Channel with the button in the right margin.

"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful"  Roger Bannister    

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