Trail running training log for the UTMB circuit and other random thoughts
Terrible, my head wasn’t in it, I was tense from sitting in the office all day and I had a time limit on my run (had to be home at a certain time). Not good.
Pretty frustrated, started out with too high a cadence. (180bpm, lowered it to 175bpm and then again to 170 bpm). Had pain in my left groin while running. I think I might have slightly strained it on Wednesday at Ultimate and it didn’t have time to properly heal. In other news, the Chi Running app has a great warm-up and cool down stretching program (with videos) so I followed the warm-up/cool downs and really enjoyed them.
So I have to say up to this point the runs were an absolute struggle. I think it was over-ambitious to think that I could just go out on a 30 minute run and change my cadence and stride. Therefore, I took a different approach to my Sunday run. On Sunday I ran in 500 meter intervals, so I ran for 500 meters, and walked while I checked my stats on cadence. Then I reset my posture, re-focused and ran another 500m for 4 km total.
Tired after the run, but good. The intervals kept me much more focused on posture and cadence. Also, this was the first run in my new running shoes and they felt great!