Thursday, 24 January 2008

Training Load Week

Wednesday January 23, 2008

Coach informed me that today would be a 1:10hr training run. I still can't believe it that I can run more than 60minutes. :) Everytime I would near 60minutes I would always smile and take off really fast fueled just by my sheer excitement of running longer than the usual. I took my usual route before I got injured. Home-OsmeƱa-Buendia-Macapagal-VitoCruz-Home. I managed to do a bit over 13km and it sure did make me want more.

Thursday January 24, 2009

Surprise! Surprise!


Coach's SMS last night:

Ben, eto workout mo:
400m, 200m active recovery
600m, 400m active recovery
1600m, 600m active recovery
2 sets lang. bat gising ka pa? matulog ka na!

So here's what happened.....

1st set:
1:10.2 400m
2:03 600m
6:25 1600m

2nd set:
6:22 1600m
2:01 600m
1:15 400m

I guess I still need a lot of work on my endurance training so that I can get that 5minute miler.

But one thing I noticed with all this additional training load and longer interval training distance..... Once I am able to do the longer distances 600's, 800's and the recently added 1600'..... The 400's and 300's doesn't scare me anymore. (laughing) But really, it does have a lot of psychological effect once I accomplish the greater feat. hehehe

Tomorrow's going to be just a 45minute very light jog session. My glutes and hamstring still hurt. :) Now I'm off to get some ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Full Swing Training.....

Sunday January 20, 2008

Just before the sun was about to rise, met up with Joms(h@ppyFeet) at the corner of Buendia and Macapagal Ave.

Training for the day......... Long Slow Distance (LSD).
Duration........ 1:30hrs

The route that I had planned was simple. 1 loop along the whole Macapagal Ave(11km) stretch then add another loop at the bayside of SM Mall of Asia(7km++).
We headed out on a relatively easy pace...... Flashes of the Metro Manila Milo Eliminations last year was all that I can remember. I miss the beauty of having a training partner with you on an LSD day. Before we know it 53mins and 10kms had already passed.

The next 30 minutes part was the heavy and faster pace part...... well..... let's skip the details of that part. The important thing is that we finished the whole workout with tons of stories and laughter along the way. We may have skipped Subic Marathon 2008, but hey! We had fun.


Tuesday January 22, 2008

I woke up early today. Had the usual stuff prepared and just before I head out for my usual 30minute bike ride to the track. It RAINED!

Coach arrived as I was doing my first warm-up lap. He uttered "5 laps".

hmmmmmmm.......... I wonder why 5 laps only????? I was getting nervous since it was 2 and a half short of my usual warm-up routine. Drills came and I was still clueless of my workout for the day..........

I couldn't take it any more......
" uhummmmm! "
"coach! ano tayo ngayon??????"

he answered......
"1000m"

By this time, my jaw dropped, my lungs collapsed, and my b@lls shrunk in fear!
"tsk tsk tsk...... Me and my big mouth!"

Ok, don't panic... it's just 10 100's, 5 200's or 2 1/2 400's........ I can do this. Just remember to take the first lap relaxed, whisk through the second lap and just (gulp!) hold on for the last 200. "Right..... Right..... I can do this!"

Then the arithmetic kicked in....... 1:30 1st lap, 1:30 2nd lap, and 0:45 last 200. Since this was my target time for my race pace. I knew that I had to step it up a notch for my workout. But I know that I can't hold on to a 3:30 pace for too long.

Coach Jo:
"Set...."
"Go!"

1st lap:
Arm swing, check!
Stride length, check!
Stride rate, check!

2nd lap:
"When is it going to end????????"

after 200m
"last 400! last 400! last 400!"

Last 200m
(blank)
(blank)

Last 100m
(BLACK) (eyes closed already)


This went on for 5 reps with 600m active recovery jog. While doing this jog I was just looking up the sky and appreciating it's already blue color........... Truth is, I was just trying to avoid looking down and puking. :)

After that workout, I can say 1000's are really hard but it sure is satisfying finishing and hitting your target time. I just hope I can hold on to the pace on race day.