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16Jan/150

Running tips from a few podcasts – Cloud259 and RunnersConnect

Posted by Patrick Durante

I like to listen to podcasts from Runners Connect and Cloud259.  Here are some tips from some of the pros that are worth remembering.

  1. Happy and positive thoughts.
    1. If you think negetive thoughts about performance or training negative things tend to happen.  Try to have a positive outlook and try and be happy while training.  In training, the body and mind are linked.
  2. Building endurance is a slow process.
    1. You need to have patience with training as your bodies adapts.  You can't expect PRs and breakthroughs every race or training run.  Elite athletes have been working for years building the endurance base they have.  You need to set long term goals that may take 1-2 years to accomplish, not just a few months.  Base work is cumulative.  The most effective training is consistency.  Slow and gradual progress toward your goal.
  3. Strength training can be done while you run.
    1. Fartlek or hill repeats can build strength and can be done while you get more miles in.
  4. Digestion slows while running.
    1. Blood flow goes to critical organs while you run to get you moving as fast as possible.
    2. You have enough stored glycogen to last 2 hours.  Past that you will mostly start to use fat as a fuel source.  You need to perform workouts that promote fat burning and train the body to use fat as fuel.  You can take in fuel on the run, but won't be processed efficiently.
  5. Hard / Easy days and knowing the difference.
    1. Hard days should be hard, but easy days really need to be a VERY easy pace to promote recovery.  People tend to run too fast on easy days and this doesn't do anything except set you up for injury.
  6. Weight training
    1. 8-10 rep range for most sets, not 3-6.  Improves technique and helps avoid injury.
  7. Refueling.
    1. Take 130 - 200 calories on the run per hour (This really depends on the person's weight).  Should be mostly carbohydrates.  Test different fueling sources and see how your body reacts.  When you have GI issues you know when you eat too much, if you bonk you didn't have enough or you can't use fat as a fuel source efficiently.
    2. The muscles need a 4 to 1 ratio of carbs to protein after a workout.  Chocolate milk or PBJ are good choices and are cheap.  Studies show chocolate milk helps recovery just as much as the expensive recovery drinks.
  8. Build a training plan and stick to it.
    1. It's mentally easier to go out and get the training done.
    2. Having smaller short term goals is more rewarding then one big long term goal.
    3. The mind likes when large tasks are broken into smaller pieces.
  9. Runners tend to not eat enough carbs during the training season.
    1. Take them before, during, and after to make sure you are getting enough fuel to work out.
    2. Not all carbs are created equal, choose healthy, non-refined carbs.

 

30Nov/140

2014 Running Notes – Tips for a better season next year.

Posted by Patrick Durante

If I PR in just one distance, or place in a race I say my season was a success. I was second for the Upper Dublin Duathlon, and I took 6 minutes off of my marathon.  These are a few of my lessons from the past year I'll take with me.  I also started a new training method mid-season so I have even higher hopes for next season.

  • Strength is critical late in the race. I have to focus more on strength.  I knew this but still neglected strength training for some reason.
  • Get your feet to the ground as quick as possible. I need to have incredible fast turnover while running. Do not spend excessive time in air.  Vertical motion wastes energy.
    • Over striding causes injury, uses more energy and is the biggest mistake people make with running.
      • I noticed lower heart rate the quicker I get my turnover.
  • Diet can slow recovery.
    • If you work out every day your body is in constant repair.  Eat food that promotes recovery.
    • Focus on more healthy fat / protein.  Train your body to use fat as a fuel source.  You will get less inflammation in joints and muscles depending on what you eat.  Excessive carbohydrates and refined sugar are not healthy and turn into fat.
    • Diet change can help get rid of the nagging injuries.
  • The race profile must match training.
    • You have to match the race elevation profile in training.  You can't just expect to deal with a 1000 extra feet of climbing if you didn't train for it.
  • In the marathon there are no surprises so don't expect much better than training.
    • For longer distance races, you need to have quality training sessions.  There are no surprises that will happen race day, if you haven't had some breakthrough in training.
  • Keeping low HR means quicker recovery, and more quality workouts.
    • This is also a form of injury prevention.  Using a HR monitor helps limit workout stress.
    • Lower perceived effort makes it easier to run faster.
  • When dining out always choose the low carb option and drop unnecessary sugar.
    • Wraps and salads.
    • Do not have excessive sugar with your meals.
    • Our bodies can't use nearly as much energy as we take in with refined sugar.  The rest turns to fat, skip it when possible or have very small portions if necessary.
  • Race pace should be set and maintained the ENTIRE race.
    • Don't fly off the start!
    • Don't chase.
    • Put the ego aside.
    • Have a plan and execute it.

If I can remember these for next year I should have a better season then the last.

2Nov/140

Lesson of the day: Pacing

Posted by Patrick Durante

As my season comes to an end I'm excited for next year.  I've had a poor performance at the Blues Cruise 50K, but other than that it went well.  I did learn a very painful lesson, but it helped me realize some of my shortcomings.  I need to be patient and put my ego aside.  That means setting the correct pace when the race starts, not getting swept up with the front runners, and not heading out too fast.  Let people pass you!!  Odds are if they fly out at the start you will catch them,  if you can run a consistent pace.  I did the exact opposite with that race and I deserved the outcome.  I also noticed I was about 1000 feet short in training for the elevation.  There should be no surprise come race day.  You should have run the distance, pace, and elevation profile before the race.

A few months back when I started with the Maffetone method, things were going very well.  My MAF tests were improving, and my weight was dropping from the new diet.  I stopped weight and anaerobic training workouts because of the unwanted stress.  I would say that both of those things combined ended up hurting me during the race.  It's not that the fault of the Maffetone method, it's just that it should not be implemented in the middle of your season.  If you are looking to convert to his style of training, it really should be started in the off season.  This gives you plenty of time to build a cardio base.  Once that's complete, you can add in the other components, like strength and anaerobic workouts.  Don't get me wrong, it definitely works.  At the end of my season I have been running very consistent times, and have had a few PRs at different distances.  I hope to take 10 minutes off of my marathon time with my final race of 2014.  I've been seeing the results in my training, so it won't be any surprise come race day.  The hardest part is implementing the plan come race day.  If you set the pace too high you could put yourself in an anaerobic state.  Once that happens it is hard to get back to where you are running aerobically.  Keep a constant eye on your heart rate monitor and set alerts if it gets too high.  This is what happen to me at Blues Cruise, and that's why I had such a difficult time in the race.

This was a learning process for next year.  I know the things I should change next season.  Perfect pacing!!  It's the most important lesson you can learn as a runner.  Almost every long distance running record has been set while running even or negative splits. The men's world records in the 10,000 meter run, two were run with nearly identical splits for the first 5k and second 5k, and the other three were run with the second 5k being as much as 13 seconds faster than the first 5k.  That's proof that you need a plan and pace set before EVERY race.  During your training, you should have been running at a pace you can sustain.  Running with a HR monitor is just a form of pacing.  It forces you to be consistent with your effort and that's the most critical part of the Maffetone method.  There are some exceptions, if it's a hilly course you need to be conservative on hills, and for hot days you may need to slow your pace.  The wind can also play a factor as well, so set your pace accordingly.  When the race starts it should be easy.  The perceived effort is always low in the beginning.  You should not be passing people, and that's where most people get in trouble.  It's hard to put your ego aside, or not get swept up with the crowd.

I've realized that running is 3 things: diet, strength, and a good cardio base according to the Maffetone method.  Master those things with a set pace for race day and you'll get the time/PR your trying to achieve.