Monday, March 22, 2010
Changing It Up
Just a quick post today. I've decided to tinker with my running schedule in the hopes of maximising my recovery. Trying to run 3 days in a row just wasn't working for me. I'd do speed on Tuesday, have a 10k moderately paced run on Wednesday then try to do an interval run on Thursday. I was getting to Thursday and being too tired to run or just running slowly - as I said, just not working for me.
With three of my days unable to be changed (Tuesday's speed, Thursday's group run and Saturday's long slow run) I was really only left with one alternative - Monday. Monday has a couple of things going for it. It's just after Sunday which I've had as a rest day and have usually slept in AND had a little nap. It's the beginning of the week so I'm always a little more keen to do things. And I'll only have to do two days in a row - after speed session (which is pretty intense) I get a day off.
This is my first week on my changed schedule but it's looking promising. I had a good run yesterday keeping my HR under control and backed up with a pretty good speed session today. We did almost exactly the same session as last week so I could compare times / HR's etc. Last week I did 10 X 400 m with 100m recovery at around 1:44. This week I did 12 X 400m, same recovery at around 1:45. My HR was marginally higher today but it was hotter and I ran more reps. I'm hoping that this change will be a winner.