slow down, burn fat, get faster, huh?

I’ve been intrigued by various low heart rate training methods lately. In so doing I’ve tried to understand more about how the body utilizes fuel and how different paces effect overall fitness. I’ve been guilty over the years (completely unknowingly) of working out far too hard and fast thinking this was the only way to get faster race times. The no pain, no gain approach to working out. It makes sense for most of us that in order to run fast you need to run fast all the time. What these low intensity training methods show though is that you can gain speed by slowing down. Pretty unintuitive to most of us who have little knowledge about how the body works. Distance running is almost exclusively an aerobic activity, so we should be spending most of our training in the aerobic zone. I’m no expert by a long shot, so I went ahead and put some concepts into visual form. There’s much more to this than displayed here, but its a start. I’ve been doing low intensity training exclusively for the last couple of weeks, and there are some observations I’ll be sharing as time goes on. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

dusting of snow

Last jog of the week was in the windy cold with some flurries. 15 miles around downtown and on some of the greenway. Surprised to see so many people out jogging in this weather. More people wanting to be fit and braving the elements is good. I’d expect all the local races to break attendance records this year.Total for the week is a smidgen over 36 miles, still keeping my pace at a base building slow speed. Hard to hold back and not speed up. The heart rate monitor is keeping me honest.

My Adidas road race shoes need a cleaning.

nice and easy

A cold day running next to the river in downtown Knoxville. My first attempt at a MAF(max aerobic function) test. The wind was heavy, so conditions were not even throughout the workout. I will need to take this test either on a treadmill or on the track to get more accuracy.This is also the second week of my low aerobic/base building phase. It’s been very strange for me to transition into running above 9 minute mile pace, but it seems to be helping. I’m running consistently over 30 miles per week now and without any discomfort. I’ve spent years going out and pushing myself far too much on runs, not a good long term strategy for the body, not to mention detrimental to my race performances. Live and learn.

This also is the first post for this blog. I’m keeping this blog as mostly a diary for myself, so I can track progress. I’ve had running diaries before, lets see how long I can stick to it this time. 🙂