A Quick Training Update

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My training over the last few weeks has been ramping up pretty steeply into a pattern of fairly high-volume (at least for me).  This week, I’m riding and running six days a week.  I’m up to 8 miles a day on my runs and my rides are about an hour long– so a little over two hours of training each day.  Plus, there’s my time spent on PT and recovery.  I’m not one of those guys who loves tons of endurance work, so why such high-volume this early in the season? Continue reading

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Develop Endurance Safely with an Alter-G

runnerThere are few workouts that I hate more than the weekly (or bi-weekly) long run. The workout probably offers the most benefit of any workout for a runner as it makes them tough enough to handle hard, fast longer races like half-marathons. This toughness also has benefits for shorter races because it develops the leg strength and aerobic capabilities that makes really gut-wrenching running possible. Thus, for lots of runners, this workout is a weekly ritual. A few friends gather together early on a Sunday morning and form a unique support group as each runner slogs their way through the weekly long run. In most cases, this leaves them stiff-legged and sore for Monday. I’d like to propose a few strategies to make this workout a little easier for the competitive age group runner. Continue reading

Getting Fast While Recovering on an Alter-G Treadmill

Alter-G TreadmillLike many runners, I spend my Tuesday nights at the track running a hard set of intervals. For the last few weeks, I’ve spending Wednesdays doing recovery workouts, which includes running about six miles at a 6:00 per mile pace. My heart rate barely breaks 135 beats per minute and I’m not breathing hard at all.   It’s not as if I’ve morphed myself into Geoffrey Mutai or Meb Keflezighi—I’ve just been using an Alter-G treadmill to teach my body to run faster while recovering. Continue reading

A Quick Training Update … and a Hint About An Upcoming Post

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Back on November 24, I had an autologous blood injection in my right plantar fascia.  This followed four weeks after having the same procedure done on my left plantar fascia.  Being the impatient person that I am, I accelerated my rehab protocol a bit by starting my Alter-G rehab running on December 8.  All in all, my plantar fasciitis treatments have taken a good five or six weeks out of my training.  This post is a quick update on the road back to fitness– and some of my ideas for nailing 2015. Continue reading