As I crafted my goals and plans for 2013, I came up with a one line ‘mission statement’ to define my pursuit of running for the year. After analyzing my strengths and weaknesses, especially from the previous two years, Remake the Body became the mantra. I applied this three word phrase to my daily actions with many goals in mind. I needed to lower my body weight, decrease my body fat percentage, improve my daily nutritional choices, enhance my stride mechanics, and shake-up my training stimuli with more intense, purposeful running. Simple. Effective. Motivational. Despite a mid-winter injury, I kept this up really well through the end of winter and into spring, but by the end of April I had completely regressed to being a slow jogger. My running went from purposeful to plodding; my stride went from snappy to lumbering; and I began to gain weight again. After nearly a month of struggle, my body has now come back around due to a drastic reduction in volume and a noticeable increase in strength training and intensity. Currently, I am in transit back to Gunnison after a 2 week training block in Bend, OR. I never ran more than 2 hours at a time while in Bend – and instead focused on intervals, hard efforts, plyometrics, and solid core strength training. I now feel strong, and my morning heart-rate is back down into the 30’s (38/39) after peaking out near 60 (!!!) two weeks ago. The extra sleep during these past two weeks has helped. A brief summary (per week) from the past three weeks of training:
Summary – Week of 5/13/13 – 5/19/13 –
The overriding feeling this week was that ‘I’m still not quite right.’ My legs felt heavy and my body was tired. Some runs turned into 1 hour hikes on flat terrain. My morning heart rate began to sky-rocket, and my appetite went completely haywire – some days I was not hungry at all, and other days I ate over 4800 calories. Once again, middle ground ceased to exist. My strength training workouts were fabulous. The one day of faster running that I did went very well. So what’s the problem? Well – I only ran 38 miles and most runs were mere ‘plods’ on flat terrain. The highlight of the week though was showing up at the Black Canyon Ascent 10km in Montrose, CO on Saturday, May 18th. With over 2000′ of vertical gain in 6 miles – this proved to be a solid workout. I ran hard, placed 7th overall, and posted a time of 46:59. Definitely turning my attention to cutting my volume for a long-ish period of time and increasing my intensity as well. Looking forward to heading to Bend, OR next week! Gotta get back on track. Here’s to a solid week ahead.
Week totals – 12 hours training. 5.5 hours running. 38 miles running. Building back in more strength training and intensity training. Body is still not quite right.
Summary – Week of 5/20/13 – 5/26/13 –
Started out the week with a bang. Energy was high and my productivity was fantastic. The body felt less inflamed and I was eating well, but not too much. Good. On Wednesday, we (Annie, Jordan, and I) traveled to Bend, OR for a 13 day trip. As we planned this trip over the past two months, we decided to combine a training camp with the Vasque Sales Meetings. In addition, we were excited to go to a good friend’s wedding in Winthrop, WA. Awesome stuff. Training went well through Saturday morning, and then we were excited to head to Washington for the wedding. It was incredible to spend time with friends in Winthrop – one of the coolest places we’ve been to. Not too much to report here. Slightly higher levels of fatigue, but not terrible. Fairly solid week. Great to be in the Pacific Northwest. Love it here. Also, ramped up the strength training and sets of running intervals.
Week totals – 13 hours training. 10 hours running. 66 miles running. Second half of week spent in Bend, OR and Winthrop, WA. Nice to be out of town for a while. The training focus has completely shifted to strength and intensity.
Summary – Week of 5/27/13 – 6/2/13 –
Monday was a day off from training – which coincided with a long day of travel from Winthrop back to Bend. Beginning Tuesday morning, things started to go pretty well. My body responded well to more intervals and strength. By the end of the week, the extra sleep (from being away from work, etc) was helping significantly, and my morning heart rate was back down into the 30’s. Great news indeed. The weekend consisted of several good workouts and some minor obligations/presentations at the Vasque Sales Meetings in Sunriver, OR. Great weekend. As I went to bed Sunday night, I made a resolution to stay more positive and not be so damn dramatic when it comes to my training and running. I seem to be way to ‘up’ when things are firing on all cylinders or all ‘doom-and-gloom’ when fatigue has creeped back in. Here’s to remaining positive and becoming more emotionally stable!
Week totals – 12 hours training. 7 hours running. 48 miles running. Training Camp week in Bend, OR went fairly well. Rested and slept more. More strength and intensity. Minor aches and pains.
Now? I need to add more fitness – but won’t add too much volume yet. Likely, I won’t exceed 12 hours of training time per week for the next three weeks. Here’s to gaining athleticism. Keep on it. Live well. Train well. DC