Jun 21, 2020
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This week, we take questions
about low hemoglobins, comfortable running attire, and & the
physiological reason for doing strides.
Amy has got her running mojo back and is rebuilding her running
Ruyuke bought herself a membership at a SUP/kayak place and has
gone every damn weekend.
Humes managed to her run in early and made 55 min with 6
- Patricia Luna went for a run on her rest day
because she wanted to not because she had to!
- Kristen Frazier had a great appointment with
her doctor and had a solid plan to help her feel
Sutton is still running 5 times a week even though things have been
really challenging. She started couch to 5k to support her 12 year
old who was having her own struggles with the situation. But after
week 6 the continuous 20 minutes running was too tough for her so
they moved over to rebuild which she finds more fun on Monday
Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Saturday, Karen is doing
Maintain as written Alone. On Saturday she did 9 miles and really
enjoyed it. It was her longest run since February. She says thank
you for the tether to the tribe. I have not posted in the group
much but I felt happy knowing you are all there.
- Corina Terry celebrated her 50th birthday this
week, she is also doing a great job moving runs around to make the
plan work for her.
Foley has had a major mental shift. Instead of waking up
thinking “I can’t believe I have to run again” she wakes up and
thinks “why wouldn’t I run today? It’ll be fun”
- Nichole Ule has found her shuffle!! And did a 2
hour long run on the treadmill.
Gerard is Going to take her PTO!!
Questions - 13:47
coach MK! I thought I was more tired than usual due to the stress
of the pandemic, but it turns out my hemoglobin is low. I switched
a few months ago to a mostly vegetarian diet and this might have
something to do with it. I had noticed my runs seemed to be getting
harder rather than easier and required more walking, or
occasionally skipping altogether. Do you have any ideas or thoughts
on how to keep improving my running habit while I sort all this
- I may
be your lamest client ever, but what I crave is boringness. A plan
where I literally don’t have to think about what I’m doing because
it’s nearly the same every day. How can I modify so the workouts
and strength so it’s more repetition and less thinking? Signed,
Task Initiation Challenged.
been feeling pretty crappy lately and I’m certain it’s a
combination of stress, not sleeping well, and eating choices that
have lots of room for improvement. I’m slowly working on all
of those things, but I’ve noticed I’ve gotten in a vicious cycle of
not feeling well thereby skipping my run which makes me feel
worse. Any suggestions on breaking the cycle.
can’t find running attire that I like how they fit, feel
comfortable, and look good. Have you ever thought about
designing a line of running gear that fits real people (I.e not
overweight, but not super toned athlete’s body)?? I know you
have a lot on your plate but I enjoy running a lot more if there
were clothes that fit well and I wasn’t constantly tugging
on! For reference, I’ve tried all the major brands and some
lady specific ones and nothing seems to fit quite
- During my Avocado Toast run, I could feel my
calves aching as I ran up hills. I thought this meant I was not
using my glutes appropriately, so I started concentrating on that.
But then, it felt like I was sashaying side to side too much. Maybe
it's my big "glutes", or maybe I'm not running properly. I came
home and foam rolled, front and back of legs, but still feeling a
little sore a day later. Any correction tips?
Can you explain the physiologic reason for the strides during an
otherwise easy effort run or long run? Is it ever ok to just not do
them and keeping it all easy, or are there disadvantages to
- What's the easiest way to access the rebuild
strength when I'm in maintain (I want to do both) without having
two training plans in training peaks?
MK, I've been locked up like a tiger in a cage. Not so much a Carol
Baskin tiger, more like a Daniel tiger. But still. So I want to
start increasing my long runs on Saturday. I feel like I want to do
a three to three and a half-hour run. Any specific modifications I
should make to the plan? For example, should I take Thursday off?
Should I back off 10% on all the runs that week?
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