Saturday, May 15, 2010

Warmup critical to good run (also: Run:Walk intervals)

Good warmups are key to having a good run, and equally important is not starting too fast during the actual run. If you start your run too fast, your HeartRate goes up too fast and too high, and you also build up LacticAcid in your muscles that slow down the rest of your run and reduce your endurance. If you dont warmup enough but then start a normal run, the effect is the same due to the large transition from nothing (or just walking) to actually running.

1) Here is a normal run for me, proceeded by a good 5-10 minute jogging warmup. Then I stop, reset my Garmin HRmonitor, and start my actual run. The actual run is then done at totally constant pace start-to-finish:

2) Here is a run where I decided to try a 6:1 Run:Walk set of cycles. Foolishly I only did a walking warmup, then started my normal run. You can see exactly the difference, the first cycle is not good and it takes until the second cycle to settle down, Third and other cycles are then fine. Good warmups and not over-doing the start of your run (start slow to finish strong) are really important.

I am not a really experienced nor long-distance runner, but I know about the importance of a good warmup and the recorded charts above capture and show it amazingly clearly

PS:  Some coaches are strong believers in Run:Walk intervals (during training and races) to actually increase your overall speed and endurance while reducing the stress and strain on your body:

Friday, May 7, 2010

Web "Training Log" sites

I have been using several for nearly 6 months, to see which I liked best. To me the main must-have features are:
  • easy (preferrably automatic) upload of Garmin data and show result as nice graph of activity speed/pace+HeartRate+Cadence
  • graph of daily distance for last several months (so I can see how I am doing)
  • ability to send link to others without them having to be member signed-in (but with controllable access)
The sites I am trying, in preferred order, are:
  1. Daily Mile (Garmin import but no workout graph):
    • D.M. Workouts: nice open community for sharing workouts and progress
  2. Running Ahead:
  3. Run Saturday:
  4. Runners World (no Garmin import):
  5. Garmin Connect (no daily charts):

  6. Fetch Everyone (must register/login, nice time predictor):
  7. LogYourRun (must register/login, no daily graph):
  8. MapMyRun (must register/login):
  9. TrainingPeaksPersonal (Poor unless you pay):
So, what sites do you use and prefer? (and WHY)...