Is it better to post once in a while rather than each day? I sit at my computer often and have a lot to say. I think this blog is a great outlet and it's therapeutic for me to put my thoughts (and this blog only touches on the basics of what's in my head) down rather than bug my wife about the mundane details of my workout. After 10 years her eyes glaze over and she nods and says "wow" in a monotone voice.. and I don't blame her at all. I think it's healthy that we have different interests.
am) 11 miles. I did a recovery session today that was out of the normal line of thinking. My legs and energy were great this morning with only mild underlying fatigue. Research has proven that "high" mileage- which is a different number for everyone- decreases a runner's economy. So I thought today I would do my running drills and diagonals, all of which have the purpose of increasing muscle activation and running economy. It is intuitive to assume that performing drills for economy would be the most beneficial when your economy is at it's lowest. Jack Daniels has long preached the benefits of fast strides at the end of a long run. Running at your near maximum speed for very short intervals (5"-20") increases running economy by activating a higher percentage of muscle fibers and muscles. Today I did a drill session that I learned in 1998 while in Bellingham Wa. and was running with a group. Reading "Brain Training for Runners" reminded me that these are quite beneficial. The point of the drills is to- once again- fire muscles that are fatigued and activate muscle groups that are not prime movers in running. Only a relatively small percentage of your muscles are used effectively in running and by getting a higher percentage to activate you increase running power and economy.
If I ever get time I would like to video a few of these- but no promises.
High knee kicks- like the Rockettes.
Stadium steps up and down.
Single leg hops. This is more of a plyometric.
I finished with 10 X diagonals on the football field. I started each one jogging then built to a maximum effort for 30 yards (what the hell IS a yard by the way? Besides a great way to drink a lot of beer really quickly). By the 3rd one I felt great! Legs loosened up and my stride felt effortless.
Over-all this was a fairly taxing workout for a recovery run but I'm confident that this has a huge benefit.
N) At the gym- 35:00 on the AMT trainer + 30:00 weights + 30:00 dry sauna w/ massage. In our next house I will be building a sauna..
Random thought: Why do the Admirals and Captains on the Death Star sass Darth Vader? Every Star Wars movie there's an Admiral that back talks Darth and then he dies. I think I would be a suck up to a guy like that.