Caraway’s Training Log – 27.3.16

This week started off cold and dark, but ended with warm, sunny spring weather that made it impossible to stay inside on the long Easter weekend. We all had a slight cold and my recovery app, ithlete, told me to take it easy on four consecutive days (Tuesday-Friday). Took this warning progressively more seriously, starting with “ignore” on Tuesday and moving into self pity mode by Thursday.

Monday 3/21: No running, one hour Pilates mat class.

Tuesday 3/22: slightly elevated heart rate in the morning and a warning from ithlete to chill out. Ignore ithlete. 3.7 very lethargic, slightly nauseous miles from work to the train station. Upper body and core strength training.

Wednesday 3/23: Again with the heart rate. Sniffly and tired. Ithlete says take it easy. 3 mile jog after work, 15 minutes easy yoga.

Thursday 3/24: Wake up feeling groggy and sinusy. Ithlete is all, “girl take a damn hint already”. Don’t have to work, so go into full-on self-pity mode with blankets, cats, and bad movies on the sofa. 25-minute super slow jog and 15 minutes of yoga in the afternoon.

Friday 3/25: Still groggy but not as bad. 20 minute easy jog and 15 minutes of hip/core strengthening stuff to keep from atrophying.

Saturday 3/26: feeling much better. Ithlete agrees. Spend a warm, sunny afternoon in the woods with the small dude, followed by 4.5-mile hilly fartlek.

Sunday 3/27: Many Easter pancakes are consumed, together with vast amounts of maple syrup. Roll self out the door for easy effort, hilly 8-miler.

Total: 24-ish miles.

I'm a 43-year-old living in Berlin, Germany and currently training for the 2020 Berlin Marathon.

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    1. It measures heart rate variability and resting heart rate – I use the finger sensor, which uses infrared light to measure your pulse, but you can also use a Bluetooth chest strap. You’re meant to start using it during a low intensity training phase to establish a baseline of what’s normal for you. Then you measure every morning when you first wake up. It tells you whether you’re ok to train (so in the normal range) or, if your measurement is abnormal, it will tell you in which direction (high or low “activation” i.e. Heart rate, high or low recovery I.e. Hrv) and by how much. If it’s a little bit off, the software will recommend taking it easy. If it is really off, the app will tell you to take a rest day.