This week has been crazy for me as I settle in my new role in a new company and trying my best to make friends with the new training plan, which involves intense long tempo runs and hard long runs.
Finally, I kick started my training for SCMM from last Saturday. I know I?m little late but I was busy enjoying a small break after my Berlin Marathon. I needed it - So I could come back and start enjoying my training again.
So I have 8 weeks to go, not much time left but with little hard work and smart training - I think I will bounce back in the race.
Talking about training, we go back to Saturday. I was all set to kick start my training, a grueling 25km+ run. I say grueling because I haven't held a Marathon Pace for so long in any of my practice runs, not even when I was preparing for Berlin.
**For someone who is new to running lingo, a Marathon Pace is a pace at which you plan to run your race**
I started my day with a tablet of Activate and a very small banana. I like to start all my workouts with an Activate as I feel my exhaustion during that workout is delayed and I?m able to hold my pace for long. Plus it helps to burn fat.
If you see my pics I?m not a skinny runner ;)
So yeah I need some help in that department. But definitely gobbling activate won?t help! So I have removed Sugar and Gluten from my diet for next 8 weeks.Except an occasional?dive in a bowl of yummy Soba Noodle Ramen (Hey, a girl is allowed to have a cheat food!)
Mid-run hydration was one Reload in water which I kept sipping throughout the run. I don?t wait to feel the thirst, I try my best to avoid it by sipping small quantity at regular intervals.
I was exhausted and dead by the end of my workout and since I was taking it easy for the last 2months this sudden Marathon Pace came as a Muscle Shocker.
I wouldn't say that my pace was consistent throughout the run but at some places I definitely held it longer and even pushed beyond MP. I?m sure with consistency and right nutrition I will eventually come back! (Fingers crossed)
I?m one of those unlucky souls who works on Saturdays and Sundays. Unlike most of the runners, I don't have the liberty to take power nap on weekends. I finish my long run, rush home, finish my household chores, and rush back to work, Spending up to 11- 12hrs there.
I don?t drink any whey or any other form of protein supplement. I try to complete my protein intake from the eggs, chicken/fish ( PS: I?m a sucker for eggs :P ).
Hence my recovery after a hard long run usually used to be slow or I would say negligible. I have been consuming Prototal for 2 weeks now, twice a day and the recovery is super quick, try it to believe it!
The amino acids in it are absorbed by the body really fast so may be after having one I feel like a super woman at work
"Don?t let fatigue make a coward of you"
I always remember this whenever I?m feeling fatigued I might slow down for a bit, might crib about it, might pause momentarily but I will finish my workout. Sundays are dedicated to easy runs. Even though I?m dead tired I prefer not to miss out on my recovery runs . Its helps to flush out lactic acid but I feel more than that running on already tired legs, from the previous day's workout,improves your running economy. Even a slow pace becomes challenging (trust me this will help in the last 5-6km in your marathon)
I do these runs at least 45secs slower than my Race Pace.
I run with my group on Sundays, usually pacing one of the fellow runners, who is running 60 secs slower than my pace. I founded Indiranagar Runners in 2014 looking for running buddies in the neighborhood. Running with a partner removes the boredom and you get to learn so much. I've met some amazing runners and made some great friends along the way!
With the new training plan I will be running 6 days a week compared to my previous plan 3 days a week.
I do my strength training and functional training with Dr Yash Pandey 3 times a week. As the number of days in the week won?t be increasing (some things are just not in our favour) I have started doing my recovery run on the days I train with Yash. My recovery runs are somewhere between 5K to 10K of very Easy Pace.
Today was an exception though, since I missed my long Tempo on Tuesday I finished it today and then strength workout with Yash. I was wiped out by the end of it!
Below is a video of single leg squat with a help of TRX. I have come a long way on this one. It looks easy but try doing it after your speed workout ;)
Eagerly looking forward to the next week training and I will keep updating on the physical and endurance changes :)
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