Yes, I’m a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and run coach. But that doesn’t always mean I’ve been good about my own strength training. I talked myself into taking it easy, or did more talking than working out while at the gym – we would say we were working our jaw line. The point being, I wasn’t getting stronger or leaner from these workouts.
This fall has been a good lesson for me that even seasoned runners have a lot to learn! I had a pretty great racing season after my stress fracture. I ran a 10k, the Boston Marathon, a 1/2 marathon, a stair climbing race, and 4 sprint triathlons. I had enough speed in my old legs to place either overall or in my age group in most races–okay, except for Boston–I was feeling great! After a short break at the end of summer I was ready to start training for a fast Winter marathon. I started going to the track once a week and running long runs on the weekends, however, I felt like I was working very hard to hold my normal pace. Speed work on the track was even worse. I was able to hold a decent pace, but it felt like I was working at about an 8 out of 10 when it should have been closer to a 6. I knew something was going on and decided to get my VO2 Max tested to get an idea about my target heart rate workout zones. I had a feeling my body was not burning fat efficiently anymore–I was running in an anaerobic state burning through my glycogen stores too quickly . Phew that’s lot to ‘digest’ and quite frankly this discussion can get technical and confusing, but for the purpose of this blog I’m going to keep it simple. Let me just say I learned a wealth of knowledge from my testing with Kyle Radaker at Radaker Health and Wellness!