Archives: June 2014

Heartrate Training & Head Spinning


Heart Rate training. What is it? This is one of the ultimate decisions a runner may make when starting a training plan or training cycle. 

There are two basic methods of training for runners who track their data, training by heart rate and training by pace. The heart rate training method uses biofeedback to determine effort and the runner trains accordingly.

As a result, runners using this method completely ignore pace. By ignoring pace and going by heart rate, they will be running by a set effort. This offers the ability to train at a set effort level consistently, but the results will fluctuate based on how a runner feels that day. It helps take in consideration factors like lack of sleep, diet, weather conditions, stress and more. So a runner who gets a full night sleep and is feeling well may run a pace of 8 minutes per mile on a run. The next day, they may be short on sleep, and it is warm out. They may run an average of 8:20 minutes per mile at the exact same heart rate.

Changing Gait

It has been five years since the book Born to Run was released and sent a tidal wave through the running industry. While it is a great book with fascinating characters and engaging stories, it’s probably best know as the barefoot running book. Or the book that launched the minimalist movement into the limelight. 

While minimalism has slowed down as of late, it is still a greatly discussed topic.  The idea is that modern running shoes caused runners to be injured because there was too much too them. Minimalism is the backlash. It is being used as a method to assist runners to correct their form by fixing their stride.

The Five Stages of Running

First – I hated it. 

It hurt. Every mile was drudgery. I had to bargain with myself every step of the way. “If I get to the next telephone pole, I can quit then.” After arriving, I would have to find the next target. It was a matter of survival versus achievement.

Second – I tolerated it. 

Okay, it sucks. I just have to get through the miles and it ends. My calories are being burned I guess. There are worse things in life.

Third – I accepted it.

Well, this appears to be a pattern. It’s just a routine like my alarm in the morning. I at least feel okay when I am done. I never feel worse after running than I did before.

Fourth – I loved it.

I really am getting some miles in. This is actually kind of cool. I can’t believe that I am able to accomplish what I have. It is so neat to see the world from this perspective. I have seen these sites while driving, but now I get to see them up close and personal. I really feel a part of things.

Fifth – I need it and it consumes me.

When is there a race? There has got to be something this weekend. What do you mean I have to work late?! That will interrupt my run. Is my latest Runner’s World out? Well, I can check my Twitter feed. Did you see that Brooks and Saucony have new shoes out? How many rest days do I really need? Maybe I can be a triathlete… If I am cross training, it won’t have to count as a rest day, right?!

Walk… Jog… Ugh!

Well, it appears that my heart rate really does not want to go down. I keep trying to change my pace and slow down to get it down, no dice. I have finally decided that I will use the whole Maffetone principle. If my hr gets above a certain point, I start walking. Once it drops far enough, I start jogging (to call it running would be an exaggeration).

Today’s slogfest –

I am currently at 45-75 seconds at a jogging pace and 65-120 seconds for walking. Please jump in. Anyone suffering an injury and recovery? Misery loves company. I would love to hear from you.


After a week break and severe cutbacks in training, I went out for a jog. It sucked. Super-hot and I couldn’t keep my heart-rate down. It makes for hard decisions. I am trying to run with a lower heart-rate, but at the same time I have to maintain form.

So do I stop and walk during the workout? Or do I just run with an escalated heart-rate? Decisions…


Strength training sucks. I have a co-worker who gets annoyed when he has to run. He says “Running still stinks. We lift heavy stuff, put back down.”

I feel the same way, but about strength training. It is maddening. I know that I need it, but it really does me in.

I mean I am really pathetic. I can do 6-10 simple squats, and I hurt for 2-3 days. Even though I don’t feel them at the time. Planks have me quivering in seconds. Really, I fell like I need to build my strength, but yet when I start my running is degraded. Completely frustrating.

I got some great advice from @ConsciousRunner that I hope to put into effect when I start running tomorrow.


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