Trail running training log for the UTMB circuit and other random thoughts
I’m on week 12 of training. Spent the first seven weeks fine tuning my running form and switching from a heel strike to a mid-foot strike. Then spent the next four weeks increasing my mileage. I’ve now got 10 weeks to go before the Montreal Rock n Roll Marathon. It’s time to reflect on how far I’ve come.
Total KMs run: 162km
Number of runs: 18
Fastest kilometer logged: 5:17/km
Longest LSD run: 26km
Greatest weekly distance: 38km
I recently completed a running assessment at the Peak Centre for Human Performance in Burnaby, BC. I’ll find out my results next week. The results should show my Vo2 max, aerobic threshold and lactate threshold. I plan on using the results of the assessment to build a heart rate training program.
Essentially, I’ll run the distances as prescribed in the running room training program and use my heart rate monitor to measure my level of effort. I’m not an expert on heart rate training, but from what I’ve read, your Long Slow Distance (LSD) runs should be below your aerobic threshold and your speed work should get your heart rate above your lactate threshold. I think that’s the theory, but I’ll double check this methodology with the good people at the Peak Centre for Human Performance next week and report back.