I’ve had a coach for the last year, and her training plan focuses primarily on lots of speedwork and strength work. Low mileage and high intensity. I think that plan worked well for me for a period of time to help me find speed, as I had never done speedwork before, but I’ve had one too many niggles, and I am ready to change up methodology.
I especially want to proceed with the remainder of this training cycle leading up to my marathon on July 23rd with care, as I do not want to be sidelined with a stress fracture as a result of these shin splints. Unfortunately, I’ve found that I’m kind of on my own to figure out how to shift training in the middle of my training cycle. Thankfully, I have some pretty amazing friends who are also coaches to help me fill in the gaps of my training plan. I plan to slowly increase volume over time, and I’ll use cross training to help me achieve this more safely.
I just ordered a new heart rate monitor to get an idea of my exertion level for different runs. I’m not sure how much I’ll use heart rate as my guide going forward, but I think it’s really helpful for me to get a baseline. It will also help keep me honest to make easy runs easy, as I like to go fast. 🙂 Running with the stroller is one of my favorite things, so I was glad to see that even with the heat of Hilton Head, I was able to keep my heart rate at a reasonable rate with paces in the 8:20/8:30s for an easy run. I’m currently re-reading Matt Fitzgerald’s 80/20 Running to refresh myself on some of the principles of balanced training.
Does anyone else use a heart rate monitor for running? How many days do you run easy vs hard?