I realized today that regaining my fitness will truly be a slow road. I think I read somewhere it takes twice as long to regain fitness as it took to lose it. I have come to the realization that the majority of my running since resuming training has been at or around my Lactate Threshold Heart Rate (somewhere in the low 170s).While I have not done any LT testing yet, I can feel it getting hard to breathe at that rate and I cannot maintain it for more then about five minutes.
Today, I did my three miler with walk breaks every half mile. I think I may need to take walk breaks right now closer to every quarter mile. At 6mph, which is the slowest I can run on the dreadmill, my HR slowly climbs above 170 after about the first half mile and climbs quickly back up their after my walk breaks. The other thing is that I need to get back to running outside. Outside, I can run at a slower pace and possibly keep my HR down. In order to regain my aerobic endurance, I need to train at an aerobic heart rate. Right now, most of my running has been anaerobic. I have got to do what I can to keep the HR down even if that means more walking.
At times this can be a little frustrating. I want to get out and run faster or run longer. I know I cannot do that safely right now and I will not do anything that obviously puts myself at greater risk of injury.
As with almost everyone else, tomorrow officially begins 2009 for me as far as training goes. My hope is to train at least 30 minutes every day whether it be swimming,biking,running, strength training, or yoga/stretching. I want to try to blog more often, even if it is to log my training. I plan to continuing reading lots of books/magazines/etc on running,triathlon, and nutrition. I have several books I have bought and have never read, or have read through and havent completely abosrbed. Once I finish the Triathlete's Training Bible, I have a 1000+ page book called the Lore of Running that is like the encyclopedia of running and trainin. Because I cannot afford a coach and I am now "coaching" Cathy, I want to be as knowledgeable as possible.
I also plan to eat much smarter this year. I would like to lose about 30 pounds or so by the time November rolls around. No more excuses, no more eating junk. It is time to get serious. To that end, I was busy in the kitchen tonight. I made whole wheat thin crust veggie pizza for dinner and tomorrows lunch and prepped a humongous veggie lasagna for dinner tomorrow and lunches for this week. I also took my first shot at a homemade protein bar. In order to ensure I eat right, I need to stay ahead of the game in the kitchen. The trick is to prep meals on the weekend and plan other meals that take little time to prepare.
Hope everyone has great things planned for 2009