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Subject:Another theory
Time:01:33 am
Alternate theory #1 for running exhaustion: maybe I'm just pushing myself too fast? It's a distinct possibility.
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slowjoe
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Time:2010-01-05 03:34 pm (UTC)
From my "Hey, it worked for me" file: I set myself heartrate targets.

With me, I have two "heartrate running" workouts.
Easy: Run at a reasonable pace (I tend to use 90s-120s/400m, depending on how fit I am that day). Switch to walking at 160/165/170 bpm, run again at 130 or 140 bpm.
Harder: Run a distance at 90% pace (eg 200m, 400m). Start again when heart rate is below to 119 bpm. (This is derived from http://www.brianmac.co.uk/sprints/tp400p1.htm. His paces are based on 100m time.) I then repeat until the recovery period doubles the initial one.

I sense my heart probably revs a bit high so you might want to set lower targets. This kind of heartrate target is very satisfying for me, because I've decided beforehand when I've "earned" a break, so it's serving a similar goal to your w25k. I also use heartrate cutouts on some weights workouts.

HR monitoring itself is quite cool, because I get to see my heartrate recovery curve (which has plateaus in the 150s, 120s, and 100s, and just burns through the 140s. Also, typically, my heartrate blips 5 bpm higher in the 20s after stopping exercise. Kind of makes sense that heartrate is a trailing indicator of oxygen debt, I guess.)

What I'd suggest is setting a heartrate cut-out on the longer runs, and perhaps going to fortnightly step-ups. Might be an idea to experiment with something like tabata dumbell presses or squats in there as well, just to provide a little variety. It might be that your body isn't responding to the training stimulus as dramatically as it was.

How is the sore knee holding up?
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whipartist
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Time:2010-01-05 05:20 pm (UTC)
The knee is sucking way less, so much so it's barely above a non-issue. The right hip is sort of perpetually sore. It doesn't seem to bother me, though-- it's just sore, just behind the hipbone.

And yes, I love heart rate monitoring. When I was having trouble with week 4, I just walked until my heart rate dropped below a certain point.
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