Sunday, February 26, 2017
I just got home from a long, chilly, hard, sweaty, steep, snowy ultra training run and dropped my kit on the floor in the foyer. Thump. 'I wonder how much my pack weighs?', I think. I can't wait until I am running free of the load and the layers and all of the gadgets in my upcoming race in the desert. But, I sure am grateful for all of the gear I have that keeps me happy and comfortable during winter training!
Friday, February 10, 2017
Imagine for a moment, the feeling of running with a 20 pound backpack. Then imagine, you slip the pack off and run free from the extra load. Can you feel the lightness? The ease and freedom of movement? I'll bet you can.
This is the same sensation of running with or without an extra 10, 20, 30 or more pounds of body weight to carry with you. Increased body mass, specifically fat, as it is 'non-functional weight', increases the workload of locomotion. It is harder for the muscles to propel you forward, harder for the blood to circulate to greater areas and harder for the body to thermoregulate during exercise when you are carrying a significant amount of extra weight. All of this increased effort, results in a higher energy and oxygen requirement and the result is a feeling of greater fatigue at any given pace (movement is harder). This is most evident during running, as there are no toys to assist in forward motion (skii's, boat, bike etc) but is still noticible in all activities. Those extra 20 pounds above a healthy body weight increase your effort while decreasing your pace...but...I'm sure you already knew that;)
So how to lose those 20 pounds? More on that in a moment.
Friday, February 3, 2017
"You can do anything, but not everything."
- David Allen
You know I believe you can do anything. I really do. Dream big! Shoot for the stars! Rock your goals and claim your vision!
You just can't do everything, at once. My friend, athlete and Journey Coach, Sarah Erikkson says this ALL the time. And I love it!
Enter the Maintenance Principle.
There are many different areas that we want to improve through conditioning: endurance, strength, speed, power and everything in between. But, we cannot improve them all at once. If we try and fill our weeks with everything, then we will not allow for adequate time/volume, to create optimal improvement in any of the areas. A professional, periodized training plan follows the principle of Periodization, which includes different phases of training that allow the athlete to focus on specific components of fitness, while maintaining others and not losing gains in the process.
How? Read on!