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Archive for June, 2007

17th June
written by John

I have gone back through my training log for the past nine weeks to search for information about my training. I have found that I have run nine weeks of 70 miles or more each week. This information you can use to get you ready mentally for your next race. It also gives you that added confidence when you know that you have done the work. This week continued that consistency. I ran 75 miles with my longest run being 15 miles. The long run went great. I averaged between 6:45 to 6:50 pace for the entire run. I also went to Wooster, Ohio to train with my coach Matt Woods and his crew of young distance runners on the track. I did 3 miles at 5:20 pace and felt solid. I hoping to put in another 70 mile week in next week.
I had a few emails asking me about heart monitors and are the worth buying? I believe they are. I have used them consistently over the years. They monitor your current condition and they also help you not to over train. Over the next few weeks I will give you some good info on how to use them to help you get into better shape.
Lets start with accuracy and ease of use. In the old days you had to stop and count for 10 seconds to get your HR and half the time you messed up because you counted to fast or slow. With a heart monitor you simply look down at the watch and gives you a very accurate number. The only negative you may get is the weird look some people may give you if you have your shirt off and they see the strap around your chest. I usually gave those people a wink and they would run.
If you have any questions about running you can post them on my Running Forum or Email me. Until next time, have a Great Run.

3rd June
written by John

The heat is finally back. The temps have been in the mid 80′s and fortunately the humidity is still low. For the next few months I can go out to run with a pair of shorts and shoes. I love this time because you do not have to worry about dressing in layers and it takes lot less time to get ready for a run.
This week I ran 75 miles and felt strong doing it. My long run was 15 miles at a little faster than seven minute pace. I decided to back off on my AT run because of the weather and I ended up running 5 miles at 6:10 pace. I also did a mile repeat workout. I started my first of four repeat miles with a 5:15 mile and ended the workout with a 5:04. There was a two minute and fifteen second rest in between in which I walked around. The workout went great and is definitely a confidence booster.
This weeks question is about eating before a race. I normally wake up about 3 hours before the race and eat two pieces of toast with jelly and water. You need to make sure you eat something that digests easily and contains some carbohydrates. The night before is the most important meal, so make sure you eat good the night before including a lot of pasta. If you have any questions about running you can post them on my Running Forum or Email me. Until next time, have a Great Run.

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