Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Get your minds out of the gutter people--I'm talking about my heart rate! I am getting a little stuck on one of my workout days, and could use some advice from anyone who knows more about it--
I have been adding additional sprint-work to my outdoor running for the last 8 weeks or so, and I noticed last week that the stair-monster on Wednesday was getting a bit too easy. Today it was WAY too easy for sure. I'm getting really efficient again, so unless I crank the level all the way up (to 20), I just could not get my HR out of the 160's, and my target for the first part of the workout is to get it into the mid-180's. Going that fast of a speed just seemed like a really manic pace & I felt like I couldn't even go fast enough to "get it up" so to speak. I think the problem (other than worrying about looking like a mad-woman on the stepper) may be a food timing issue, so I am wondering if there's a way to get myself a little more gassed up before the Wednesday workout so I can go hard enough to make it effective without eating so much that the workout is a wash. I normally have my breakfast smoothie around 8:30a and get to the gym between 10:00-10:30a.
The current routine:
Sun: Long run, easy pace. HR 150's. 60-90 min.
Mon a.m.: HIIT Run. HR up to 190. 15-20 min. Chest/upper ST.
Mon p.m.: TKD train
Tues: Tempo run. 3-4 miles. HR 180's during max effort.
Wed: HIIT on the Stairmonster with my BFF. HR 165-185. 30-60 min. Core ST.
Thurs a.m.: Long run or longer tempo run. 60 min.
Thurs p.m.: TKD 1-2 hours.
Fri: HIIT Run (same as Monday) Legs/Back ST ~OR~
Fri p.m.: TKD (HARD!)
Sat a.m.: TKD (easy)
Food is all logged, and I usually have breakfast 1-2 hours before I workout. I did tweak my protein/fat amts this week, so I may just be having an issue there. I am open to any/all suggestions--Thanks ;)