DIARY: Athletics Illustrated

After my usual restful Friday jog, the week finished on an interesting note, the highlight probably being the offer to write an article exclusively for Athletics Illustrated and get an author’s bio on the website.

Luckily, an idea for quite a unique article struck me and I have begun my research already. I am being introduced to new people and new ideas at a rate which can sometimes make it hard to keep up, but my thirst for knowledge has always been insatiable which is an advantage in situations like this.

Kerry Easter weekend

There’s plenty more news I wish I could share at this stage but the blog is not the ideal place for most of them but hopefully it’ll be out soon. On the personal front, we are in the midst of planning the next Kerry training weekend at Easter (if you want to join don’t forget to fill out the survey with your details).

The programme is reminiscent of last years but with enough changes that I hope we can keep it fresh. Next year perhaps a Dingle weekend will be in the offing to really shake up the concept.

Running tally

So on to the running tally, it has been a rare week in my injury-racked years that I have been able to record over 100km already after six days of running (my weeks run Sunday-Saturday) but this one already stands at 105km before the fast sub-threshold run tomorrow which will over another 10 miles.

I had to work hard to keep any of the old niggles from returning, but succeeded, and after the easier day today, the body seems tip-top. Despite this I am going to “step back” aggressively next week. Last year I delayed this with dire consequences, so I will pursue a conservative strategy this year of always backing off slightly before it’s absolutely needed.

Catabolism

With this being an extremely busy week in work, I did begin to feel the ebb of my energy outside of the runs, an early sign that the balance between the training load and my powers of recovery is just about to shift. When the body get’s stressed through exercise, it goes into something called the “catabolic stage” where it will break down tissue (such as muscles) whereas any period of rest will trigger the “anabolic stage” where the body builds and repairs tissue.I have always felt that the phase where tiredness, overtraining and injury set in is closely linked to this: the catabolic phases go on too long because of too much exercise versus the rest (and rest can be active btw). Stressful situations such as those you may have in the work-place also would hamper your ability to stay anabolic for sufficient time to adequate recovery. Stress and negative emotions have been shown to trigger catabolism, so there is a reason a balanced lifestyle is generally perceived to allow greater activity levels.

The signs this week have been the very early tell-tale signs that I associate with catabolism. It has only occurred between Wednesday and Thursday and Thursday and Friday where I had to work until around midnight. This immediately impacts recuperative ability. So next week’s “periodisation” should do just the thing to bring me back to full power. First, of course, let’s get this week over 120km.

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