2021 Training Week 3 (26/04/2021 to 02/05/2021)

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Tuesday (27/04) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:40 min/km, 142 bpm, 10m elevation gain). On Friday (30/04) I had a 16K run with the following averages: (16.01 K, 5:40 min/km, 168 bpm, 15m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
2611K Run282916K Run010227.0 km 
190261859946231414025243189219227109,779
78.6 kg79.1 kg79.1 kg79.1 kg79.3 kg77.7 kg77.8 kg

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Friday) activities were (51, 50) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 27.0 km run and 109,779 steps

2021 Training Week 2 (19/04/2021 to 25/04/2021)

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Monday (19/04) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.01 K, 6:05 min/km, 135 bpm, 145m elevation gain). On Friday (23/04) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 6:00 min/km, 159 bpm, 18m elevation gain). On Sunday (25/04) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.00 K, 5:31 min/km, 164 bpm, 12m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
14K Run20212211K Run2414K Run39.0 km
2349924365140520213461054520408114,215
79.2 kg79.3 kg78.6 kg78.6 kg80.0 kg80.0 kg79.5 kg

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max this week in my (Monday, Friday, Sunday) activities were (48, 48, 49) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 39.0 km run and 114,215 steps

2021 Training Week 1 (12/04/2021 to 18/04/2021)

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Monday (12/04) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:39 min/km, 175 bpm, 13m elevation gain). On Tuesday (13/04) I had a 3K run with the following averages: (3.24 K, 5:34 min/km, 164 bpm, 12m elevation gain). On Saturday (17/04) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.01 K, 5:33 min/km, 163 bpm, 73m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
10K Run3K Run14151614K Run1827.2 km
14000249132428321796150982341617432140,938
79.2 kg79.7 kg79.1 kg79.1 kg79.6 kg79.5 kg79.2 kg

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max this week in my (Monday, Tuesday, Saturday) activities were (46, 47, 48) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 27.2 km run and 140,938 steps

2020 Training Summary (09/05/2020 to 09/12/2020)

Totals: 877 Km running

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal RunSteps
28/12
11831
29/12
11149
30/12
17928
31/12
17549
0 km
58,457
21/12
3965
22/12023/12
13327
24/12
6561
25/12
0
26/12
16647
27/12
12850
0 km
53,350
14/12
3830
15/12
69
16/12
4241
17/12
2577
18/12
10048
19/12
9695
20/12
16869
0 km
47,329
07/12
9369
14K Run
17842
14K Run
19002
10/12
10289
11/12
4247
12/12
6701
13/12
7
28.0 km
67,457
30/11
4423
11K Run
17770
02/12
5997
11K Run
14997
11K Run
22735
05/12
9200
14K Run
18556
47.1 km
93,678
23/11
10405
11K Run
20588
25/11
3558
14K Run
16601
Tempo 3K Incomplete
7422
28/11
36
16K Run
20004
43.7 km
78,614
16/11
11678
11K Run
11924
13K Run
19112
19/11
11749
Tempo 13K
14079
21/11
14147
16K Run
17659
53.0 km
100,348
09/11
11023
11K Run
19203
11/11
11482
13K Run
13781
13/11
16044
11K Run
12547
14K Run
15508
49.0 km
99,588
02/11
16162
03/11
12399
04/11
13093
05/11
18330
06/11
18376
07/11
11744
08/11
15368
0 km
105472
26/10
22879
27/10
25569
28/10
25295
29/10
25711
30/10
28784
31/10
20322
01/11
25483
0 km
174,043
19/10
19344
20/10
23940
21/10
24466
22/10
22730
23/10
15897
24/10
23879
25/10
25041
0 km
155,297
12/10
17477
13/10
18594
14/10
20025
15/10
14088
16/10
20539
17/10
18116
18/10
23685
0 km
132,524
05/10
17674
06/10
21917
07/10
9513
08/10
17306
09/10
14684
10/10
17448
11/10
12195
0 km
110,737
28/09
19542
29/09
0
30/09
6639
01/10
25674
02/10
15120
03/10
13102
04/10
13143
0 km
93,220
21/09
8750
22/09
6814
23/09
5151
24/09
0
25/09
12363
26/09
12178
27/09
6702
0 km
51,958
14/09
9244
15/09
0
Tempo 11K
21816
13K Run
25287
18/09
8622
13K Run
25430
16K Run
21662
53.0 km
112,061
07/09
4943
11K Run
18419
13K Run
27772
10/09
8981
11K Run
23651
12/09
22438
14K Run
19201
47.1 km
125,405
31/08
6248
01/09
14884
02/09
19598
03/09
22766
04/09
16448
05/09
19806
06/09
19774
0 km
119,524
24/08
14455
25/08
11654
26/08
11561
27/08
20476
28/08
13605
29/08
19812
30/08
11885
0 km
103,448
17/08
4774
18/08
0
19/08
10244
20/08
10478
21/08
9161
22/08
20250
23/08
15601
0 km
70,508
16K Run
20677
11K Run
17146
12/08
5109
11K Run
15929
Speed 8×600
20698
15/08
6270
14K Run
19376
67.0 km
105,205
03/08
7002
Speed 12×400
22964
05/08
5449
14K Run
19310
Tempo 13K
17623
08/08
6261
09/08
0
43.6 km
78,609
27/07
16045
10K Run
15278
29/07
5659
13K Run
18619
Tempo 13K
18039
01/08
0
16K Run
21053
52.0 km
94,693
20/07
9198
11K Run
16120
13K Run
18742
23/07
10143
Tempo 11K
15742
25/07
17116
14K Run
19187
49.0 km
106,248
10K Run
15434
14/07
6748
15/07
9399
16/07
0
17/07
10241
18/07
10098
19/07
19318
10.0 km
71,238
10K Run
16254
10K Run
16285
08/07
16717
10K Run
15808
10K Run
16090
11/07
21310
10K Run
15575
50.0 km
118,039
10K Run
16150
10K Run
14976
01/07
7974
10K Run
16298
10K Run
16125
04/07
0
05/07
0
40.0 km
71,523
22/06
12271
10K Run
16406
10K Run
15756
25/06
5400
10K Run
16500
10K Run
16459
28/06
16966
40.0 km
99,758
10K Run
16263
16/06
7397
10K Run
15763
10K Run
16059
19/06
10523
10K Run
16572
10K Run
21517
50.0 km
104,094
08/06
5,650
10K Run
16,232
10K Run
16,997
11/06
10,715
4K Run
16,195
13/06
18,479
10K Run
17110
33.8 km
101,378
5K Run
10,615
5K Run
10,605
03/06
14,254
04/06010K Run
15,718
10K Run
16,147
07/06
12,879
30.0 km
80,218
5K Run
16,762
5K Run
15,270
5K Run
18,351
5K Run
18,243
29/05
10,402
5K Run
14,933
5K Run
18,345
30.2 km
112,306
5K Run
15,345
19/05
15,157
5K Run
15,173
5K Run
9,109
5K Run
19,638
5K Run
9,527
24/05
16,165
25.0 km
100,114
5K Run
11,457
5K Run
13,857
5K Run
14,897
14/05
15,758
5K Run
16,331
5K Run
15,460
5K Run
15,463
30.3 km
103,223
5K Run
11,368
5.0 km
11,368

2020 Training Week 20-21 (30/11/2020 to 13/12/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of activities

First, let’s review my activities during this period of time. I had 6 run activities these two weeks. On Tuesday (01/12) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:30 min/km, 151 bpm, 23m elevation gain). On Thursday (03/12) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.13 K, 5:25 min/km, 163 bpm, 22m elevation gain). On Friday (04/12) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:41 min/km, 160 bpm, 16m elevation gain). On Sunday (06/12) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.00 K, 6:00 min/km, 162 bpm, 32m elevation gain). On Tuesday (08/12) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.01 K, 5:32 min/km, 169 bpm, 23m elevation gain). On Wednesday (09/12) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.00 K, 6:08 min/km, 140 bpm, 23m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
0714K Run14K Run1011121328.0 km
936917842190021028942476701767,457
75.3 kg77.5 kg77.4 kg75.8 kg75.6 kg76.6 kg76.6 kg
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
3011K Run0211K Run11K Run0514K Run47.1 km
4423177705997149972273592001855693,678
75.7 kg77.0 kg76.5 kg76.0 kg76.7 kg76.3 kg75.9 kg

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max these two weeks in my (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday) activities were (50, 50, 50, 49, 48, 49) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals in week 20 were 47.1 km run and 93,678 steps. Also my weekly totals in week 21 were 28.0 km run and 57,457 steps.

About individual runs

On Tuesday (01/12): Even after 4 days from the time of my accident in Columbia park, each time I pass by it, I feel very stressed about having another run there. I am also sure it’s not safe to have most of my runs there so I am really grateful that I was forced to change my running field to a better one! Due to the fact that the terrain condition was normal for running with enough light at night, I was able to focus more on my running dynamics during the run, especially my running cadence and my posture. I am really satisfied with my running cadence as my final average cadence was 180 spm and it was always between 180 +/- 3 spm during the laps of the run. My posture was also OK during the run except the parts that the road was too dark! Actually the conditions of the road was great right up to the Burrard bridge but after that and along the seawall, it got extremely dark (absolutely no light) and as a result, I quickly switched my direction because I really didn’t want to run in a dark road. It is in my to do list with high priority to buy a running head lamp for early morning runs or my runs at night. Running along the seawall had another huge advantage and it was getting motivated by seeing lots of runners running along it. I was also trying to find a good place for my speed runs along the seawall but couldn’t find any. So it seems to me for my speed runs, I need to have my 3.5km warm up run towards the west from my starting point. I am still not 100% sure about it and I have to look more in order to find a good place for my speed runs. Also in the dark parts of the road, I was very cautious about how to take my steps in order to avoid hitting the ground in case it wasn’t smooth enough. During my run, I again had a little bit of nipple bleeding from both sides. My VO2Max improved to 50 in this run and my heart was working way better in it compared to the previous runs. My final average heart rate was just 81% HRMax but my final average pace was 5:30 min/km!

On Sunday (06/12): Today was among those days that I didn’t want to have my run partially because I was a bit lazy and partially because it was rainy and cloudy outside (fortunately no rain during my run, just in the morning). In my life in Vancouver, I found this pattern that I need more motivation for my runs on rainy, cold or cloudy days. This week was a recovery week in my training plan and all of the runs were general aerobic. However, my last two runs were a little bit faster than general aerobic runs (average heart rate 86% and 87% HRmax respectively) and therefore for this reason, I strictly decided to stay in the safe zone by running it as slow as a real general aerobic run (70-81% HRMax). However I started my run very slow (the first lap’s pace was just 5:49 min/km), I noticed that my heart rate monitor reports my heart rate unreasonably high (86% HRMax for the first lap) and the inaccuracy in my heart rate’s data continued up to the end of the run. Therefore when I noticed that pattern early in my run, I decided to finish my run with a final average pace around 6:00 min/km. I thought that average pace would be slow enough for this run as my final average pace in my last two runs were 5:41 min/km and 5:25 min/km respectively. I successfully finished my run with the final average pace 6:00 min/km and I’m very glad about it. It feels awesome when you see you are able to manage your runs that accurately. Also during the run, when I saw my average heart rate was being reported (mistakenly) that high, I was almost 100% sure that my Garmin watch would decrease my VO2Max after this run and my guess was true. My VO2Max calculated 49 after this run unlike my past three runs that it was being calculated 50 in all of them. About my cadence in this run, I had a very good cadence in the first 9km of the run (always between 178-181 spm) but in the next 5km it suddenly dropped to 172-174 spm mainly because it was dark and I was also tired.

On Tuesday (08/12): In my training plan for this week, there were 5 runs including a 5K recovery run with a total of 59km weekly mileage. Based on my past years’ experiences, I knew a 4 days training plan is the best for me so I slightly modified the plan into a 4 day training plan in a way that the weekly mileage would remain the same. In my last run, I complained a lot about the accuracy of my heart rate monitor but I experienced the exact same thing in this run too, the measured heart rate was unreasonably too high to me. I had two options, either run too slow to have a real endurance run based on the measured heart rate data or to have a comfortable endurance run based on how you feel and regardless of the measured heart rate data. I chose the second option because I simply believed in the fact that if you want to get faster, you need to gradually push your boundaries. I would still try to avoid overtraining but I guess in this run I was far away from it. To be on the safe side, I decided to have this run a comfortable endurance run, and instead run my next 14K general aerobic run very slow. Based on those explanations, I was very satisfied with the result of this run as the final average pace was 5:32 min/km. The final average heart rate was measured 90% HRmax and it was as high as the VO2Max dropped another unit to become 48 ml/kg/min. During this run, I was getting faster by means of time in a way that my average pace during the first half of the run was 5:41 min/km, much slower than my average pace in the second half of the run which was 5:23 min/km. My running cadence also improved in this run as during the entire run, it didn’t become lower than 177 spm and my final average cadence was also 179 spm. It is almost clear to me that for the runs up to half marathons, the faster I run the better my cadence is. I also know that my running cadence would be poor when I’m tired during the run. In fact when I’m tired, I can either focus on my speed or my cadence but not both!

2020 Training Week 19 (23/11/2020 to 29/11/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Tuesday (24/11) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:51 min/km, 161 bpm, 104m elevation gain). On Thursday (26/11) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.00 K, 6:35 min/km, 147 bpm, 102m elevation gain). On Friday (27/11) I had an incomplete tempo 3K run with the following averages: (2.72 K, 5:44 min/km, 157 bpm, 14m elevation gain). On Sunday (29/11) I had a 16K run with the following averages: (16.01 K, 5:35 min/km, 161 bpm, 32m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
2311K Run2514K RunTempo 3K Incomplete2816K Run43.7 km
10405205883558166017422362000478,614
75.4 kg75.8 kg75.5 kg76.8 kg76.2 kg76.2 kg76.2 kg

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday) activities were (48, 48, 49, 49) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 43.7 km run and 78,614 steps

About individual runs

On Tuesday (24/11): It was supposed to be a general aerobic run (70-81% HRMax) and before the run I decided to have it with a final average pace 6:00 min/km. Immediately after starting the run, I felt that I needed to change my training field again and run in the Langara Golf Course because I was a bit down and couldn’t run in a boring field (my regular training field) for the entire 11 kilometers. While passing the 49th avenue, I had to stop my run two times for a total of 53 seconds and it is almost clear (at least the first stop) in my running heart rate diagram! Running in the golf course with it’s own uphills and downhills, it is difficult to manage your pace and your heart rate so again like in my last run, I decided not to carefully monitor my pace and therefore my final average pace was a little bit faster than my desired pace (5:51 min/km vs 6:00 min/km). As a result, my final average heart rate (86% HRMax) was also higher than the desired range (70-81% HRMax). Therefore, I experienced overtraining the day after this run which I was tired all the time during the day. I postponed my 14K endurance run from Wednesday (the day after this run) to Thursday and on Wednesday I even didn’t have my daily walk. This is why I should really stay committed to my own training plan and avoid overtraining but sometimes it happens and in this run, I really didn’t believe I was running too fast for it! The other thing that I wanted to mention today is about the weather condition and the conditions of the terrain! I usually never complain about the situation, but after this run I told myself multiple times during the day that it is really difficult to stay committed to a training plan in rainy cold days with muddy roads which makes your entire shoes and clothes muddy! I am still grateful for living in Vancouver where I can easily run in fall and winter without too much trouble for it. I know it is almost impossible to run on the roads during the same time of the year on the east coast!

On Thursday (26/11): In my training plan, it was a 14K endurance (74-84% HRMax) run. After overtraining in my latest run, for this run I strictly decided to work with my heart rate and disregard my running pace completely ! I also decided to run in my regular training field (around Columbia park) because it had less uphills and downhills and it was easier to manage your pace and heart rate in it compared to Langara Golf Course. It was a good run until the end of kilometer 5 where at that point, both of my feet started to feel numb and it continued for 2-3 kilometers. After that, fortunately things got back to normal! My final average heart rate was 79% HRMax and my final average pace was 6:35 min/km. I am really surprised how I was able to manage my run that slow such that my final average heart rate was in the desired range! Previously, as long as my pace was slower than a certain one (usually around 6:00 or 6:15 min/km for endurance runs) I was considering my runs safe no matter what my heart rate was, but after overtraining in my last run, I changed my method! In fact after my last run, I decided to strictly stay in the desired heart rate zone so that I would be able to avoid overtraining in the long term! Based on those explanations, it was an awesome run today and I was successfully able to manage my run as an endurance one (a real endurance one actually :D) ! I also want to mention the conditions of the terrain! This time it was way better compared to the last run and I didn’t get muddy at all! It was still a bit cold (average temperature 10.6 C) but no rain during my run!

On Friday (27/11): I started this run as a tempo 13K run and I planned to do it with a final average pace faster than 6:00 min/km up to whatever my heart rate allows me (80-91% HRMax) It was dark at night and the field was not visible properly. Also in my former runs around the columbia park, I had the negative experience of being close to fall down during the day but fortunately it actually didn’t happen. This run the story was different. In the first few minutes of the run I totally fell down on the ground but I let it go and started to continue my run. Again after a little while and for the second time, I fell down on the ground this time way harder in a way that both my hands and a little bit of my right knee got bloody! I made the right decision and didn’t continue the run, particularly because it was a tempo run and it was likely that I would fall down furthermore during the run. I was pretty down that night and partially the day after that but fortunately I quickly recovered. One of my main concerns was to find a new field for my training because there is nothing good around my neighbourhood but I also made a decision on that and decided to take a skytrain for my runs to the seawall and run there. I had the experience of running there for literally thousands of kilometers and fortunately nothing happened to me at all so it’s definitely safe to run there. The only problem is about timing where I have to spend 20 min to get there and 20 min to get back but I guess it’s worth it first and also I have no other option so lets stay motivated for the runs and choose the best field which is along the seawall.

On Sunday (29/11): It was my first run after my injury on Friday. I pushed myself hard to change my training field from Columbia park to a new place and I finally did it. I took the Canada line skytrain to the olympic village station and went to run along the seawall from there. The last time I was running along the seawall was a few years ago and it was such a pleasure to run there again. I believe you would have a better performance by running along the seawall compared to a closed loop like Columbia park because in the seawall you are free to improve your pace anytime you need vs in a closed loop you frequently need to turn and change your direction and that would reduce your speed and your performance a lot. Since I didn’t complete my last 13K tempo run, I was behind my weekly mileage for 10km, so I planned in my mind to have a half marathon in this run instead of a regular 16K run. Therefore, I continued to run along the seawall for almost 11K when I turned back at that point (2x11km~half marathon). I also planned to do a sub two hours half marathon so I tried to keep my pace about 5:40 min/km. After about 15km, I noticed that for a 16K endurance run in my training plan, maybe it’s not a good idea to both run it faster and farther (I was worried about injury and overtraining) so I just decided to keep my pace steady for the rest of the run and instead finish the run after just 16km. I successfully finished the run after 16 km with a final average pace 5:35 min/km and final average heart rate 86% HRMax. Therefore this run was a little bit faster than an endurance run (2% HRMax faster) and in the correct range of a lactate threshold run (80-91% HRMax). As a result, this run would partially compensate for my missed lactate threshold run in my training plan on Friday. Therefore everything was in place for this week’s training except a lack of 10km in my weekly mileage. At the end of the run, I noticed I had a little bit of nipple bleeding from both sides during my run.

2020 Training Week 18 (16/11/2020 to 22/11/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Tuesday (17/11) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:58 min/km, 154 bpm, 65m elevation gain). On Wednesday (18/11) I had a 13K run with the following averages: (13.01 K, 5:56 min/km, 169 bpm, 88m elevation gain). On Friday (20/11) I had a tempo 13K run with the following averages: (13.00 K, 5:39 min/km, 177 bpm, 80m elevation gain). On Sunday (22/11) I had a 16K run with the following averages: (16.00 K, 6:16 min/km, 152 bpm, 137m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
1611K Run13K Run19Tempo 13K2116K Run53.0 km
11678119241911211749140791414717659100,348
75.5 kg76.6 kg76.3 kg74.8 kg74.5 kg75.4 kg75.4 kg

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) activities were (49, 48, 47, 48) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 53.0 km run and 100,348 steps.

About individual runs

On Tuesday (17/11): Another 11K run which completely cleared my mind. It was among those days today that I really didn’t want to run. I dressed up early this morning but decided to have a glass of milk and supplement as I didn’t want to run with an empty stomach and after that, I was feeling a bit tired so I again postponed the run. I wasn’t that tired but still not feeling strong enough to have an 11K run. The main idea about being tired is about my energy level and the quality of my last night sleep plays a critical role in this matter. I really need to have 8 hours of high quality sleep in order to have a good run in the day after and these days for many reasons including having tea late at night, I couldn’t sleep early like always and also the quality of my sleep was also not great. I really need to change certain parts of my life in order to get back to a disciplined lifestyle and being able to have a balanced life which would include all of my necessary activities. The key point for having a disciplined and balanced lifestyle is good sleep and focused mine. I don’t have that much to say about this run as it was supposed to be a general aerobic run (70-81 % HRMax) but before the run I told myself as long as you run it slower than 6:00 min/km it should be fine. My final average heart rate ended up 82% HRMax which make scene for a general aerobic run.

On Wednesday (18/11): Following my concern in my previous run, let’s first talk about my last night’s sleep! I had a much better sleep last night. I found this pattern useful, you either have to have a high quality sleep the night before or if the quality of your sleep is not good, you have to increase the length of your sleep! The quality of my sleep last night was not great, as like always, I woke up multiple times during the night to see if it’s time for getting up or not! From tonight on, I am going to wear my (Garmin Fenix 3 HR) watch at night (without my Garmin HRM Run) to be able to monitor my sleep more efficiently (for both quality and quantity of it)! Like always, when it’s time for working with numbers, I can analyse, manage and solve the issue way easier! As a result, I am going to add another column to my excel analyse file (for my training) called “sleep” and would monitor my sleep accordingly! About today’s run, I had a 13K endurance run (74-84% HRMax) in my training plan today and before the run, I told myself as long as it’s a 6:00 min/km or slower run, it should be OK even though my heart rate be a little bit higher than 84% HRMax. The reason is first, the accuracy of my Garmin HRM Run is not always great, and second sometimes it’s easier to work with your pace rather than your heart rate and third, managing your pace in your run is way easier than managing your heart rate! Based on those explanations, I successfully had my run with average pace 5:56 min/km even though my final average heart rate was 90% HRMax (I still question that measurement as the intensity of my run (what I felt) was just 5/10)! About the quality of the terrain, the road was full of holes filled with water and therefore it was difficult to run on the road, but anyways I am always fully equipped for my training and quality of terrain and weather conditions wouldn’t affect my run that much! In the worst scenario, you and your shoes would get wet, not a big deal!

On Friday (20/11): Lactate Threshold (Pace, Heart Rate)=(5:19 min/km, 180 bpm). I had a very good sleep last night with 85% deep sleep which is kind of weird to me. I usually get up multiple times during the night but last night it didn’t happen. Fortunately I added the sleep column to my training excel file and since two nights ago, I can monitor my sleep properly. I found it useful to sleep a little bit more (particularly for the heavy day workouts like tempo/speed/long runs) where in that case, I would have enough energy for my workout and my daily activities and I won’t experience lack of energy for sleep reasons. That was a serious problem for me in the past! This run was supposed to be a tempo (lactate threshold) run (80-91% HRMax) and before the run I just told myself if the final average pace is 5:40 min/km it should be OK even though my average heart rate would be slightly more than 91% HRMax. 5:40 min/km was a safe pace for this run as my last 13K run’s average pace was 5:56 min/km. I successfully finished this run with an average pace 5:39 min/km as desired and my average heart rate was 95% HRMax. I again want to question the measurement of my average heart rate because what I felt for the intensity of this run was just 6/10 and I wasn’t that much tired after the run. It’s always great to work with both heart rate and pace because lot’s of the time, one is not sufficient to determine how hard you should go for the run! I also want to talk about my stress level before starting this tempo run! I am usually stressful before tempo runs but for this run, because I told myself you can do it with a safe pace (just 16 seconds per km faster than my last run) I was pretty confident about the run. It’s always great to have less stress for the key activities of the week and instead, enjoy the time you spent for your important runs. Ater the run, I worked with my gym ball and foam roller to cool down my muscles! It’s necessary after the SOS workouts!

On Sunday (22/11): Another great run in a new field called “Langara Golf Course”. Sometimes life makes me distracted and long runs are the best for getting back to a focused life, particularly if it is in the great nature of Vancoucer. In the past, I had the experience of running in the same track and field for a long time and after that, I had less interest in running there. Also before this run, because my last run was a little bit intense, I decided to have it very slow with a final average pace around 6:15 min/km. In my training plan it was an endurance run (74-84% HRMax) but like always, I prefer to set a certain running pace goal before starting the run, which in that case things would be more clear to me. Working with a combination of pace and heart rate is always better than working with either of them. Combining those two facts together, immediately after starting the run, I decided to try “Langara Golf Course” today which was very close to my neighbourhood. I have never been there before (just knew it on the map) and I was lucky that I easily found it. Usually I visit a new course in advance before running there for the first time, but it wasn’t the case this time. During the run, I found that the perimeter of the course is 2.94 km . I measured it just once so it might not be so accurate. The course had a few uphills and downhills (the west side had downhills and the east side had uphills) so it was difficult to maintain a certain pace or heart rate during the run. As a result, I just decided to run comfortably there and at the same time, I tried to stay close to 6:15 min/km and stay in the desired heart rate range i.e. 74-84% HRMax. I am somehow surprised that the final average pace of the run (6:16 min/km) was so close to my desired one (6:15 min/km). During the run, I really enjoyed the nature of Langara Golf Course and of course in the future, one of my main options for my long runs would be there (better in the morning to stay safe from people playing golf)

2020 Training Week 17 (09/11/2020 to 15/11/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Tuesday (10/11) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.00 K, 5:53 min/km, 163 bpm, 72m elevation gain). On Thursday (12/11) I had a 13K run with the following averages: (13.01 K, 5:41 min/km, 167 bpm, 103m elevation gain). On Saturday (14/11) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 6:09 min/km, 173 bpm, 103m elevation gain). On Sunday (15/11) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.00 K, 6:10 min/km, 159 bpm, 90m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
0911K Run1113K Run1311K Run14K Run49.0 km
1102319203114821378116044125471550899,588
75.5 kg75.6 kg75.6 kg76.4 kg76.0 kg76.3 kg75.9 kg

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) activities were (50, 50, 47, 48) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 49.0 km run and 99,588 steps.

About individual runs

On Tuesday (10/11): Back to run after 7 weeks of rest. Life got busy, I had to change my house and therefore I couldn’t train for 7 weeks. Hopefully I am back to run now. I am still not sure if I want to follow elements of a training plan or just run. The point is following a training plan with it’s desired intensities would make me tired all the time and it wouldn’t remain any room for me for my other activities but anyways my training is something I have to stay with because I need it for keeping myself mentally and physically balanced and also for being happy. About the run, I planned to do an 11K general aerobic run (70-81% HRMax) but my final average heart rate turned out to be a little bit higher (163 bpm or 87.6 % HRMax) That should be OK for the first run. My current plan for the following several weeks is to have 4 days a week run with 50-60 km weekly mileage. Again for the weekly mileage (and maybe for the intensities) I would follow 10K training plan of “Faster Road Racing” book by Pete Pfitzinger.

On Thursday (12/11): Based on my training plan it was supposed to be a 13K endurance (74-84% HRMax) run but again I did it faster (89.8% HRMax) and therefore it was a hard lactate threshold (80-91 % HRMax) run, I intentionally right down these numbers multiple times to gradually memorize them. This is the second time I am running faster than what I was supposed to run and this time it’s not OK. As a result I have to change my next run from an 11K lactate threshold run to an 11K endurance run. The reason that I was running faster than what I was supposed to run is simple, I can not convince myself to run slower than 6 min/km as it’s too slow for me in my prime time but I have to accept the fact that I just got back to my training after 7 weeks of rest and therefore I shouldn’t push myself too much , 6 min/km and slower should be OK for you for the first few weeks. The other point is, the day after this run I was super tired and I slept a lot. This is what happens to me all the time during my training after a heavy workout (particularly at the beginning of my training) and I don’t have any complaints about it. The other thing that I used to experience at the beginning of my training was overeating but fortunately I don’t have that problem right now because I carefully monitor my weight each and every day because I’m on a diet for more than 6 months.

On Saturday (14/11): Lactate Threshold (Pace, Heart rate): (5:28 min/km, 180 bpm ). I had this run in rainy weather but fortunately it wasn’t heavy rain. This was a very easy run for me (4/10 intensity) but for some reason my average heart rate was measured 93% HRMax with my Garmin HRM Run (that I really don’t trust on it all the time). As a result my watch determined my VO2Max 47 this time which again I am sure it’s not accurate. Anyways in this run I am very glad that I had it with a very slow average pace (6:09 min/km) and it would help me to have my 14K endurance run tomorrow with no much pressure on myself. During the second half of the run, my right foot got numb but towards the end of the run it was OK. I was a little bit busy this morning so I had to have this run later at night in rainy weather but in any case I am very glad that I made it ultimately!

On Sunday (15/11): About today it was a relatively warm and sunny day (Ave. Temp. 15.4 C) and it made the run so enjoyable. The data I got from my HRM Run was way more realistic today compared to yesterday. According to my Garmin HRM Run monitor, my average heart rate was 85% HRM Max and therefore as desired, it was an endurance run (74-84% HRM Max). During my run I noticed that my heart rate is slightly getting higher than what it was planned, but because my pace was slower than 6:00 min/km , I was OK with that and I didn’t push myself to keep my heart rate exactly in the desired range. Today, I had a great conversation with a friend of mine Ross who was a former Boston Marathoner. I told him when I’m on my training, I am tired all the time. I was assuming maybe this is the nature of training for a race and pushing your boundaries as it was my experience before and I’d overheard it from competitive athletes. He advised me that you might experience overtraining as it’s a common problem for athletes. I really didn’t believe my problem might be overtraining so from now on (including my run today) I decided to strictly keep my heart rate in the desired range of my training plan!

2020 Training Week 16 (14/09/2020 to 20/09/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Wednesday (16/09) I had a tempo 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:04 min/km, 175 bpm, 15m elevation gain). On Thursday (17/09) I had a 13K run with the following averages: (13.01 K, 5:42 min/km, 154 bpm, 23m elevation gain). On Saturday (19/09) I had a 13K run with the following averages: (13.01 K, 5:55 min/km, 149 bpm, 23m elevation gain). On Sunday (20/09) I had a 16K run with the following averages: (16.00 K, 5:40 min/km, 153 bpm, 37m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
1415Tempo 11K13K Run1813K Run16K Run53.0 km
92440218162528786222543021662112,061
76.0 kg75.9 kg76.3 kg75.7 kg76.1 kg75.9 kg76.1 kg

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max this week in my (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) activities were (51, 51, 52, 52) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 53.0 km run and 112,061 steps.

About individual runs

On Wednesday (16/09): It was my first run with my new running jacket and I was totally satisfied with that. It was very soft and fully breathable and I had a comfortable run with it. I didn’t fully close the zipper as it made me very hot. It was my 6th run with my new (replaced) heart rate monitor and I am much more satisfied with the replaced heart rate monitor as the data looks more reasonable to me compared to the older one. Today, my (average, max) heart rate went as high as (175, 189) bpm where I occasionally had this experience with my older heart rate monitor. During all of the three years that I was training with my old HRM Run, 175 average heart rate was something very normal, but with my new (previous one) heart rate monitor, 175 bpm was too high for me. Therefore I had difficulty with my previous heart rate monitor to set up my training zones but I hope the situation would be different with the new (replaced) heart rate monitor. Also the old one was bothering my skin a lot vs the replaced one that I am happy with it. It was a good run today where I had a 10K sub 51 min run without too much effort and also just in the second week of the new set of training. In my training plan it was supposed to be a general aerobic run but I did an intense (lactate threshold) run, so I have to make an adjustment in my future runs (instead of running a 13K lactate threshold run, run a 13K general aerobic run in future). Now that my new paces in the Killarney track and field are so close to my old paces there, I got the answer to my question that why my paces in the Central park didn’t make sense to me, it was mainly because of the location (both the terrain and GPS connection affected the result negatively)

On Thursday (17/09): I had this 13K run with average heart rate 154 bpm (about 82% HR Max) and therefore it would count as a 13K endurance (74%-84% HR Max) run. While I already had a lactate threshold run this week, it just remains a 13K General Aerobic (70%-81% HR Max) run and a 16K endurance run. Run was a comfortable one and nothing serious to mention about it.

On Saturday (19/09): My average heart rate was 149 bpm (79% HR max) and therefore as planned, it was a general aerobic (70%-81% HR max) run. The final average pace was very high 5:55 min/km and during the run, it was very tempting for me to run it faster but I had it in my mind that I have a 16K endurance run tomorrow and I have to save my energy for tomorrow too, so I tried to keep my heart rate low but I guess the final average heart rate (79% HR max) was still too high for this run. At the end of the 11th km, my average pace was 5:58 min/km and I decided to run the remaining 2km a little bit faster to make sure my final average pace would be below 6:00 min/km. Therefore my last 2 laps were slightly faster than the other ones i.e. 5:43 min/km and 5:39 min/km respectively.

On Sunday (20/09): I had this run with average heart rate 153 bpm (81% HR max) and therefore as planned, it was an endurance run (74%-84% HR max). At first, I had difficulty getting out of home and doing the run because I was still tired from yesterday’s 13K run but I told myself that I would run it slow maybe just with 74% HRmax (140 bpm) or as slow as 6:00 min/km. I also told myself that even if you are tired, you have to do the run because it’s in your training plan and you need it for your success. People do lots of things when they are tired because they need it for their success. I also got motivation from my father when he does a lot of physical work at the age of 70 without complaining about the situation. Anyways I successfully started the run with the aid of those thoughts and like always, things are easier when you are in it rather than when you think about it. I am still surprised how I did the run with average heart rate 81% HR max (average pace 5:40 min/km). That sounds too fast to me after a (79% HRmax) 13K run. I also want to mention that before the run, I told myself if I want to finish the 16K run in 90 min or so, my average pace should be 5:37 min/km and at the end of the run, my total time was 1:30’:45’’ which is so close to 90 min desired time.

2020 Training Week 15 (07/09/2020 to 13/09/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Tuesday (08/09) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.47 K, 6:17 min/km, 164 bpm, 75m elevation gain). On Wednesday (09/09) I had a 13K run with the following averages: (10.68 K, 8:19 min/km, 154 bpm, 86m elevation gain). (In this activity my watch had a poor connection and the real (distance, pace) evaluated by myself was (13.76K, 6:27 min/km)) On Friday (11/09) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:24 min/km, 167 bpm, 3m elevation gain). On Sunday (13/09) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.00 K, 5:36 min/km, 160 bpm, 14m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
0711K Run13K Run1011K Run1214K Run47.1 km
494318419277728981236512243819201125,405
76.4 kg75.7 kg75.8 kg75.8 kg76.1 kg76.5 kg76.1 kg

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) activities were (51, 49(wrong), 50, 50) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 47.1 km run and 125,405 steps.

About individual runs

On Tuesday (08/09): A little bit of pain in my left knee after 10 km , during my walk while returning home it was OK. It was my first run after three weeks of rest and also my first run in the Central Park. The trail that I was running on it was Trail of Hope and I walked on it 4-5 times before the run (on different days) to make sure I would memorize the path properly. The main difference in this terrain compared to Killarney track and field was the elevation gain of the terrain. The elevation gain of Trail of Hope in 11 km was 75m (15m/each loop) versus the elevation gain of Killarney track and field in 11km which was 25m or so. Also after three weeks of rest I got significantly slower (As a result my VO2Max decreased from 55-54 to 51 this time). I had a little bit of heavy chest during this run which might be because of my unadjusted running pace (running a bit fast). Also I have dropped 1.7 kg of weight in this run compared to my last run three weeks ago (75.7 kg vs 77.4 kg). Other than those everything was good in my run. For me, the most important feature of running these days is it’s impact on my mental health (particularly because of being in quarantine time). I noticed that in the three weeks that I didn’t run and concluded that running would help me stay on top of my mental health. If I stop running I won’t be on top anymore. So I’m very glad that I resumed my training. Also it’s interesting that in just 3 weeks of rest, I totally forgot about importance of my running goal for myself. That means if you want to improve in your running goal you have to stick on it both mentally and in practice (by doing the runs)

On Wednesday (09/09): True ave pace: 6:27 min/km, true distance: 13.76 km, My watch didn’t work properly this time. Last time I ran 5 times around the trail of hope for 11.47 km. This time I ran 6 times around the trail of hope and it should be 11.47×6/5 km =13.76 km but it was just 10.68 km in my watch. So the true distance is 13.76 km and the true pace is 88.75/13.76 =6:27 min/km. I still do not know why I am getting that slow because in the past I could easily run 13K with average pace around 5:30 min/km and average HR around 150 bpm (Look at the google sheets data) But right now in the new terrain (with 0.65 % incline) and with average HR around 150 bpm, I can just run with average pace around 6:30 min/km. Also remember that I am slightly lighter compared to the past (1.7kg). Time will explain it the best but there were two factors which had impacted on my performance: the new terrain and the gap in my training. The impact of the gap in my performance would quickly disappear and I can easily find the impact of the new terrain in my running pace by having a few of my future runs in a track and field. (There is a track and field in the Central Park with limited working hours that I can have a few of my runs there) I don’t know if my watch would work properly in the Central park in future or I would have the same GPS issue like today, but because of the fresh environment and also because of the hills in the terrain, I rather run in the Central park trails compared to track and field but my decision greatly depends on other factors which I mentioned them above. I also want to mention that one of the main reasons that I decided to have three weeks of rest in my training was because I wanted to make sure I can have a complete 10-12 weeks of training all in a row when I resumed my training. Right now I guess my body is ready for that. I also want to mention that I am roughly following the easiest 8K-10K training plan in the “Faster Road Racing” book of Pete Pfitzinger.

On Friday (11/09): Back on the track and field and fortunately it was a happy run today. After a long time that I planned to have early morning runs, finally I made it this time. Everything is perfect with the Central park track and field except it’s (public) working hours which is just M-F 7:30am-2:30pm and it’s closed on the weekends. Let me mention the positive points of running on the track compared to running on the trails of Central park. The first advantage is there is no dust on the track and therefore after the run your shoes and clothes are still clean. The second advantage is better GPS connection (poor connection on the trails because of the tall trees) and as a result your pace is again reasonable (like past before the break) and you can monitor your progress way better. This last advantage (being able to monitor your progress) matters a lot to me and therefore I am going to have my Sunday run on the Killarney track as the Central park track is closed (no run on the trail anymore at least in mean time)

On Sunday (13/09): I was tired so I couldn’t have my run earlier today but I finally made it late at 7pm. I am happy that I did the long run of the week after three weeks of rest. Due to the fires of California and Washington, the weather condition in Vancouver today was as bad as you could hardly see 100-150 meters ahead of yourself. Other than that things were OK in this run and no more update about it.

2020 Training Week 14 (10/08/2020 to 16/08/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 5 run activities this week. On Monday (10/08) I had a 16K run with the following averages: (16.01 K, 5:23 min/km, 163 bpm, 36m elevation gain). On Tuesday (11/08) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 6:01 min/km, 130 bpm, 25m elevation gain). On Thursday (13/08) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:18 min/km, 138 bpm, 25m elevation gain). On Friday (14/08) I had a speed 8×600 run with the following averages: (15.00 K, 6:31 min/km, 152 bpm, 29m elevation gain). On Sunday (16/08) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.01 K, 5:30 min/km, 171 bpm, 48m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
16K Run11K Run1211K RunSpeed 8×6001514K Run67.0 km
206771714651091592920698627019376105,205
77.8 kg77.1 kg78.1 kg77.4 kg77.3 kg77.0 kg77.4 kg

VO2Max and weekly totals

My VO2Max this week in my (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday) activities were (55, 55, 55, 55, 54) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 67.0 km run and 105,205 steps. Total weight loss so far was 10.1 kg and this week’s weight loss was 0.4 kg.

About my weight loss

In regards to my weight loss this week, I have to mention that my lowest weight during the week happened on Saturday (77.0 kg) so my actual total weight loss for the entire 12 weeks is 10.5 kg. That means I’m 3.5 kg behind the schedule (1 kg/week) and my total goal achievement is 75.0 %. 

About individual runs

On Friday (14/08): Ave. Interval time 2:15.96 , ave. Interval pace : 3:46.6 min/km.

2020 Training Week 13 (03/08/2020 to 09/08/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 3 run activities this week. On Tuesday (04/08) I had a speed 12×400 run with the following averages: (16.61 K, 6:55 min/km, 144 bpm, 35m elevation gain). On Thursday (06/08) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.01 K, 5:27 min/km, 148 bpm, 21m elevation gain). On Friday (07/08) I had a 00K run with the following averages: (13.01 K, 5:08 min/km, 152 bpm, 33m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
03Speed 12×4000514K RunTempo 13K080943.6 km
700222964544919310176236261078,609
78.4 kg78.0 kg78.4 kg78.2 kg77.1 kg77.4 kg77.8 kg

VO2Max and weekly totals

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) activities were (55, 55, 56) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 43.6 km run and 78,609 steps. Total weight loss so far was 9.7 kg and this week’s weight loss was 0.9 kg.

About my weight loss

In regards to my weight loss this week, I have to mention that my lowest weight during the week happened on Friday (77.1 kg) so my actual total weight loss for the entire 13 weeks is 10.4 kg. That means I’m 2.6 kg behind the schedule (1 kg/week) and my total goal achievement is 80.0 %. Also it was the first week since the beginning of my diet that I stopped using the Slimfast supplements because it wasn’t useful for me anymore. I used it for 12 weeks and it helped me drop 8.8 kg.

About individual runs

On Tuesday (04/08): Average interval pace: 3:51.1 min/km, Average interval time: 1:32.44, The first week to have intervals after 12 weeks. Didnt want to go for strides which might cause me injury due to my history of injury from my strides. Must use cream after training and shower. Got a new max heart rate of 192 bpm.

2020 Training Week 12 (27/07/2020 to 02/08/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Tuesday (28/07) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:23 min/km, 145 bpm, 24m elevation gain). On Thursday (30/07) I had a 13K run with the following averages: (13.01 K, 5:42 min/km, 154 bpm, 20m elevation gain). On Friday (31/07) I had a tempo 13K run with the following averages: (13.01 K, 5:17 min/km, 163 bpm, 65m elevation gain). On Sunday (02/08) I had a 16K run with the following averages: (16.01 K, 5:29 min/km, 153 bpm, 67m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
2710K Run2913K RunTempo 13K0116K Run52.0 km
16045152785659186191803902105394,693
79.3 kg78.5 kg78.5 kg79.1 kg78.9 kg78.4 kg78.7 kg

VO2Max and weekly totals

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday) activities were (55, 55, 54, 55) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 52.0 km run and 94,693 steps. Total weight loss so far was 8.8 kg and this week’s weight loss was 0.7 kg.

About my weight loss

In regards to my weight loss this week, I have to mention that my lowest weight during the week happened on Saturday (78.4 kg) so my actual total weight loss for the entire 12 weeks is 9.1 kg. That means I’m 2.9 kg behind the schedule (1 kg/week) and my total goal achievement is 75.8 %. 

2020 Training Week 11 (20/07/2020 to 26/07/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Tuesday (21/07) I had an 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:17 min/km, 161 bpm, 47m elevation gain). On Wednesday (22/07) I had a 13K run with the following averages: (13.01 K, 5:39 min/km, 160 bpm, 85m elevation gain). On Friday (24/07) I had a tempo 11K run with the following averages: (11.01 K, 5:09 min/km, 159 bpm, 41m elevation gain). On Sunday (26/07) I had a 14K run with the following averages: (14.00 K, 5:29 min/km, 158 bpm, 21m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
2011K Run13K Run23Tempo 11K2514K Run49.0 km
9198161201874210143157421711619187106,248
79.4 kg79.8 kg79.8 kg79.7 kg79.3 kg78.9 kg79.4 kg

VO2Max and weekly totals

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) activities were (53, 52, 54, 54) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 49.0 km run and 106,248 steps. Total weight loss so far 8.1 kg and this week’s weight loss -0.4 kg (gaining 0.4 kg).

About my weight loss

In regards to my weight loss this week, my weekly weight loss was -0.4 kg (gaining 0.4 kg weight) and more important than that my total weight loss was 8.1 kg. I have to mention that my lowest weight during the week happened on Saturday (78.9 kg) so my actual total weight loss for the entire 11 weeks is 8.6 kg. That means I’m 2.4 kg behind the schedule (1 kg/week) and my total goal achievement is 78.2 %. 

About individual runs

On Tuesday (21/07): I resumed my training after a week of rest and I am very happy about it. I was able to run today injury free which was a great pleasure for me. I didn’t have any problems during the run today. I am also very happy about my new running VO2Max which is 53. I washed my heart rate monitor properly before the run so the measured heart rate and VO2Max should be accurate. The other thing that I want to mention today is about my training plan. I switched my training plan to “faster road racing training plan for 10-12K training” but without the intervals. I got the idea of postponing the intervals for after 12 weeks from this article. Looking back at my improvement in the first 9 weeks makes me extremely happy. I lost 8.5kg in 10 weeks and during the 9 weeks of training I almost made a sub 50min 10K run which is very promising to me. I was doing a lot of calculations about my improvement in the second and third 9 weeks trainings and was thinking if I can improve 5 min of my 10K time during each period which means making a 10K sub 40min run in 30 weeks (~8 months) from the start point which would be very good. Anyways I’m not going to overthink about it because it’s a long way from now and everything can happen by that time. I just want to focus on training smart, losing another 8.5 kg of weight in next 10 weeks and improving my 10K run time during the same period of time. I also want to mention that this run was my longest run in the past 3.5 years because all of my long runs in that period of time was at most 10K . I am again happy about it too. After the run when I got home, I did a few stretches with my foam roller and my gym ball which helped my muscles a lot !

On Wednesday (22/07): A bit of pain in my left knee since the beginning of the run.

2020 Training Week 9-10 (06/07/2020 to 19/07/2020)

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Summary of activities

First, let’s review my activities during this period of time. I had 6 run activities these two weeks. On Monday (06/07) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:57 min/km, 155 bpm, 48m elevation gain). On Tuesday (07/07) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.00 K, 6:13 min/km, 144 bpm, 42m elevation gain). On Thursday (09/07) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:35 min/km, 173 bpm, 30m elevation gain). On Friday (10/07) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:53 min/km, 150 bpm, 27m elevation gain). On Sunday (12/07) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:42 min/km, 144 bpm, 23m elevation gain). On Monday (13/07) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.00 K, 5:31 min/km, 162 bpm, 12m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
10K Run14151617181910.0 km
1543467489399010241100981931871,238
80.5 kg80.0 kg79.8 kg80.0 kg79.1 kg79.8 kg79.0 kg
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
10K Run10K Run0810K Run10K Run1110K Run50.0 km
16254162851671715808160902131015575118,039
81.1 kg80.3 kg80.3 kg80.4 kg80.3 kg79.7 kg79.2 kg

VO2Max and weekly totals

My VO2Max this week in my (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday) activities were (50, 51, 49, 50, 51, 51) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals week 9 were 50.0 km run and 118,039 steps. Total weight loss up to the end of week 9 was 8.3 kg and week 9’s weight loss was 1.7 kg. My weekly totals week 10 were 10.0 km run and 71,238 steps. Total weight loss up to the end of week 10 was 8.5 kg and week 10’s weight loss was 0.2 kg.

About my weight loss

In regards to my weight loss in week 9, I successfully made my goal of 1 kg/week but what matters more than my weekly weight loss is my total weight loss because there was an inaccuracy in my body weight last Sunday and my weekly weight loss is defined as the difference in my weight in two consecutive Sundays. I also want to mention that my lowest weight during the week happened on Sunday so 8.3 kg is my actual total weight loss for this week. That means I am 0.7 kg behind the schedule (1 kg/week) and my goal achievement  during these 9 weeks is 92.2 % which is not bad.

In regards to my weight loss in week 10, my weekly weight loss was 0.2 kg and more important than that my total weight loss was 8.5 kg. I have to mention that my lowest weight during the week happened on Sunday so 8.5 kg is my actual total weight loss for the entire 10 weeks. That means I’m 1.5 kg behind the schedule (1 kg/week) and my total goal achievement is 85 %.

About individual runs

On Tuesday (07/07): Pain since the beginning but not as severe as forcing me to stop running. Pace always between 6:00 to 6:30 min/km

On Thursday (09/07): LT pace: 5:22 min/km, LT heart rate: 178 bpm. First half was a very OK run, I was feeling 80% recovered and didn’t feel any restriction for the paces that I was running with. Therefore I decided to have a run with an average heart rate of 173 bpm or so to have the fast run of my week. For some reason I had a very high average heart rate in my first half of the run. In the second half of the run I burned out and I also felt more pain in my legs in the place of my injury, so I had to significantly reduce my pace. 

On Friday (10/07): Expectation pace vs what happened . The same as what happened to my walk the day after .

On Sunday (12/07): Purchased a firm roller yesterday, worked a little bit with that and it was extremely helpful for my injury. I didn’t want to go too fast so I decided to go with 5:45 min/km, the first run I was working with ave pace and it perfectly worked for me , all paces were in the range 5:45 +/- 00:10 min/km and average pace was 5:42 min/km.

On Monday (13/07): Less comfortable than the run before .

2020 Training Week 8 (29/06/2020 to 05/07/2020)

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Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities this week. On Monday (29/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:46 min/km, 164 bpm, 55m elevation gain). On Tuesday (30/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:02 min/km, 169 bpm, 50m elevation gain). On Thursday (02/07) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:51 min/km, 139 bpm, 47m elevation gain). On Friday (03/07) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.02 K, 5:44 min/km, 160 bpm, 33m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
10K Run10K Run0110K Run10K Run040540.0 km
1615014976797416298161250071,523
80.8 kg79.6 kg79.6 kg80.3 kg80.5 kg81.2 kg80.9 kg

VO2Max and weekly totals

My VO2Max this week in my (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) activities were (50, 51, 52, 51) ml/kg/min respectively. My weekly totals this week were 40.0 km run and 71,523 steps. Total weight loss so far 6.6 kg and this week’s weight loss -0.1 kg (gaining 0.1 kg).

About my weight loss

In regards to my weight loss, in the middle of the week on Wednesday my weight was 79.6 kg which means a total weight loss of 7.9 kg and this week’s weight loss of 1.2 kg which was pretty satisfying. For some reason after that, I gained 1.3 kg of weight in just 4 days without having any change in my diet or exercise. That is high likely a temporary weight gain due to my water weight (extra water being held in my body) or having full stomach at the time of weighing myself.

2020 Training Week 6 (15/06/2020 to 21/06/2020)

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Activity Schedule in Google Docs

My weekly totals

First, let’s review summary of this week’s training: weekly mileage 50.02 km, weekly steps 104,094 (14871 steps daily average), total weight loss so far 5.2 kg and this week’s weight loss 0.9 kg.

About my weight loss

In regards to my weight loss, 0.9kg for this week is pretty OK and close to my 1 kg weekly weight loss goal. Also my total weight loss this week is at least 5.7 kg, as on Tuesday and Friday this week, my total weight loss was 5.7kg but for some reason immediately after both of those days, I was gaining weight. Those gain weights are mainly due to body water, full stomach or other short term factors so I don’t care about them. I have seen it a lot that my body weight would decrease suddenly. For example this Monday, I suddenly lost 1kg compared to the day before that. 

My weight loss for the first 6 weeks was pretty straightforward, but my last year experience tells me that the second 6 weeks is way more challenging so I am mentally making myself ready for that. As a reminder I have to say that I was looking at the first 6 weeks of my diet as a long term project, so I didn’t push myself that much. Therefore if I start getting not appropriate results in the second 6 weeks, I am ready to push myself a little bit more. In anyways, lets see what will happen in the future.

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 5 run activities in this week. On Monday (15/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.00 K, 5:41 min/km, 163 bpm, 15m elevation gain). On Wednesday (17/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:21 min/km, 178 bpm, 28m elevation gain). On Thursday (18/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.00 K, 5:42 min/km, 161 bpm, 20m elevation gain). On Saturday (20/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.00 K, 5:56 min/km, 148 bpm, 19m elevation gain). On Sunday (21/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 5:54 min/km, 171 bpm, 57m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
10K Run1610K Run10K Run1910K Run10K Run50.0 km
1626373971576316059105231657221517104,094
82.2 kg81.8 kg82.7 kg82.3 kg81.8 kg82.3 kg82.3 kg

About my weekly mileage

This week, my weekly mileage was 50.02 km which was the highest weekly mileage in my new set of 2020 trainings. However I switched to the new training plan of two days 10K run and one day rest, but due to getting injured and being tired, I couldn’t complete my desired training plan last week. I have increased my weekly mileage by 47.7%  this week compared to last week.

That was a safe movement because I stayed on the 30K weekly mileage long enough (five consecutive weeks) and at the same time I kept my total activities (my total weekly steps) constant (always around 100,000 steps). That means my body just changed the way it was burning calories from walking to running. 

VO2Max and comparing activities to see my improvement

My VO2Max this week in my (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) runs were (48, 47, 48, 50, 48) ml/kg/min respectively. In order to see my improvement, I want to compare my activity on 17/06 i.e. (10.01 K, 5:21 min/km, 178 bpm, 28m elevation gain) with my other activity on 05/06 i.e. (10.00 K, 5:33 min/km, 179 bpm, 29m elevation gain).

As we can see, all of the features of those two runs are the same (distance, my effort and terrain) except my pace. I had 00:12 min/km i.e. 3.6% improvement in 12 days which is pretty impressive. Indeed I had reduced my 10K time by 01:52 min in 12 days which is pretty good. I am really happy about it for two reasons, first because I am getting close to 10K sub 50 min. record and second I am doing it while I am still very overweight.

My lactate threshold pace and heart rate

On Wednesday (17/06), my watch updated my lactate threshold pace (5:25 min/km) and my lactate threshold heart rate (175 bpm). Again on Sunday (21.06), it updated my lactate threshold pace (5:31 min/km) and my lactate threshold heart rate (174 bpm). 

About individual runs

After my hard effort Wednesday’s run (ave. heart rate 178 bpm), I still had a relatively fast run on Thursday (ave. pace 5:42 min/km ave heart rate 161 bpm) but after Thursday, I was really tired on both Saturday’s and Sunday’s runs. Fortunately, I did both of them in under 60 minutes without too much effort. 

Experiencing “Cardiovascular Drift”

As I explained in my Sunday’s run (21/06) here, on Sunday, I experienced something strange called “Cardiovascular Drift”. That’s what I haven’t experienced during all of my 4000+ km runs so far and therefore I am a bit concerned about it. I am going to see a physician in this regards and I’ll update this post after that in future. 

Update: I talked to a physician over a virtual care talk the day after. He told me if it happened again contact us but for one time we cannot do anything. I also asked him if I can resume my training after 48 hours of rest and he said yes. Like always talking to doctors is not helpful that much, but I just wanted to do it in order to make sure I am on the safe side. 

2020 Training Week 5 (08/06/2020 to 14/06/2020)

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Activity Schedule in Google Docs

My weekly totals

First, let’s review summary of this week’s training: weekly mileage 33.87 km, weekly steps 101378 (14483 steps daily average), total weight loss so far 4.3 kg and this week’s weight loss 0.4 kg. 

About my weight loss

About the weight loss, I am pretty disappointed with the result as up to Thursday (11/06), my total weight loss and this week weight loss was 5.2kg and 1.3kg respectively, but after that it worked reversely and I was gaining weight instead of losing it, however my training, daily steps and my diet was the same as before. I guess it’s a temporary negative change and in long term the result would be as desired.

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities in this week. On Tuesday (09/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.02 K, 5:53 min/km, 161 bpm, 13m elevation gain). On Wednesday (10/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 6:18 min/km, 145 bpm, 24m elevation gain). On Friday (12/06) I had an incomplete 4K run with the following averages: (3.83 K, 5:22 min/km, 159 bpm, 23m elevation gain). I stopped the run due to a severe pain I felt in the very upper part of my left leg. On Sunday (14/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.01 K, 6:14 min/km, 169 bpm, 63m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
0810K Run10K Run114K Run1310K Run33.8 km
5,65016,23216,99710,71516,19518,47917110101,378
83.8 kg83.2 kg83.5 kg82.3 kg83.9 kg84.0 kg83.2 kg

About my weekly mileage

My weekly mileage this week was 33.87 km, almost the same as my past four weeks’ weekly mileage. This is very good that I stayed on the 30K weekly mileage for five consecutive weeks particularly because I’m at the beginning of my new set of trainings and that would reduce the chance of getting injured. Lots of the time people would go too far at the beginning of their trainings and that would cause them to get injured.  

VO2Max and comparing activities to see my improvement

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) activities were (49, 49, 49, 47) ml/kg/min respectively. Also this is the first week (together with the two 10K runs of last week) that I am measuring my heart rate using Garmin’s HRM Run heart rate monitor, not my Fenix 3 HR wrist heart rate monitor. While usually there is a 10-15 beats per minute difference between those two measurements (obviously the HRM Run measurement is more accurate), it’s not reasonable to compare activities of this week with past four weeks’ activities. Another reason that I can’t compare activities of this week with any of the first four weeks’ activities is the fact that in the first four weeks, I had 5K runs where this week I had 10K runs so it’s not straightforward to compare those kind of activities with each other. 

My lactate threshold pace and heart rate

On Tuesday (09/06), My watch updated my lactate threshold pace (5:28 min/km) and my lactate threshold heart rate (172 bpm).

About my injury on Friday

I got injured on Friday (12/06) so to be on the safe side I took Saturday off (instead I had 14+km of walk i.e. 18479 steps) and then resumed my training with a very slow pace on Sunday.

Now let me explain my injury. On Friday, I was supposed to have a 10K run and I started it good. Fortunately now I am able to keep my cadence around 180 spm no matter what my pace is. After the first km of run when my pace was 5:34 min/km, I noticed in order to improve my pace, I should increase my stride length. I did it and it was OK up to the end of the 4th km when I suddenly had to stop running due to a severe pain I felt in the very upper part of my left leg. 

After searching about it, I found that it was possibly my “Obturator Muscles”. To find more about it, you can see the following youtube video:

At first I thought it’s about my bone but later during the day (and the day after) I noticed it might be my muscle. On Saturday, I felt much more comfortable compared to Friday. 

The problem of increasing my running stride length

As I explained above, my main problem on Friday was about increasing my running stride length that I guess in my opinion, I did it too harsh. I took two steps back and now I try to improve it very gradually. Fortunately my other running dynamics specifically my running cadence is pretty good in different paces but I still have to work on it when I am tired during the run. 

My injury and my run on Sunday

Fortunately on Sunday, my injury was way better than Friday in a way that I was able to complete the 10K run, but not a totally comfortable run. About my injury, the pain moved first to the inner part of my thigh and then to the top front part of my thigh. During the run particularly at the beginning, I was just able to take very short strides, therefore my pace in the first few laps was too high compared to the rest of the run.

During all of this run, due to the limitation that I had in my stride length, I was just focusing on my cadence and that’s why my total ave. cadence was 178 spm which is very good. After the first three laps, my stride length gradually and slowly got longer and therefore my pace slowly decreased from around 6:30 min/km in the first half of the run to around 6:10 min/km (or a bit faster) in the second half of the run.

After the run, I didn’t do my regular stretchings due to my injury. Also the overall difficulty of my run (how I felt) was 4/10 but T.E. was 4.6 and ave. heart rate was 169 bpm. They were both unreasonably high to me.

I am trying to cope with the new changes that I made in my daily training plan (increasing daily and weekly mileage) but that takes time and my body requires time to cope with the new changes. 

2020 Training Week 4 (01/06/2020 to 07/06/2020)

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Activity Schedule in Google Docs

My weekly totals

First, let’s review summary of this week’s training: weekly mileage 30.01 km, weekly steps 80218 (11460 steps daily average), total weight loss so far 3.9 kg and this week’s weight loss 0.8 kg.

About my weight loss

About my weight loss, I guess 0.8 kg for a week is pretty close to my 1 kg/week goal plan even though my weight loss in the middle of the week on Thursday was 1.2 kg but after that my body weight increased a little bit. 

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities in this week. On Monday (01/06) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.00 K, 5:24 min/km, 155 bpm, 17m elevation gain). On Tuesday (02/06) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:16 min/km, 157 bpm, 16m elevation gain). On Friday (05/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.00 K, 5:33 min/km, 179 bpm, 29m elevation gain). On Saturday (06/06) I had a 10K run with the following averages: (10.00 K, 5:46 min/km, 167 bpm, 48m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
5K Run5K Run030410K Run10K Run0730.0 km
10,61510,60514,254015,71816,14712,87980,218
83.8 kg83.3 kg84.3 kg83.2 kg83.6 kg83.8 kg83.6 kg

About my weekly mileage

My weekly mileage this week was 30.01 K which was the same weekly mileage as what I had in the first three weeks. It’s very good to stay long enough on 30K weekly mileage (at least four weeks) because it would help me avoid getting injured due to overtraining.

VO2Max and comparing activities to see my improvement

My VO2Max calculated by my watch’s wrist heart rate monitor on Monday and Tuesday was 51 and 52 ml/kg/min respectively where my VO2Max calculated by the Garmin’s HRM Run heart rate monitor on Friday and Saturday was 50 and 49 ml/kg/min respectively. I definitely trust more on the VO2Max calculated by the HRM Run heart rate monitor as it’s more accurate. 

In order to see my improvement this week, I want to compare my activity on 01/06 with the following averages: (5.00 K, 5:24 min/km, 155 bpm, 17m elevation gain) with my activity on 23/05 with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:29 min/km, 153 bpm, 48m elevation gain). My effort in both of those runs were almost the same and they were both 5K runs. I guess the faster pace in the first run (5:24 min/km vs 5:29 min/km) would balance the harder terrain in the second run (17m elevation gain vs 48m elevation gain). Therefore I would consider the performance of both activities the same i.e. no significant improvement in my runs during the past 9 days. 

As we all know running improvement comes in sudden, we train for weeks with possibly no significant improvement in our paces and all of a sudden we see a jump in our speed. 

My lactate threshold pace and heart rate

On Friday (05/06) after wearing my HRM Run heart rate monitor, my watch automatically recognized my lactate threshold pace (5:19 min/km) and lactate threshold heart rate (170 bpm). Later, on Saturday (06/06), my watch updated those numbers to the following amounts: lactate threshold pace 5:25 min/km and lactate threshold heart rate 172 bpm. 

About my overtraining last week

Recently I experienced a little bit of overtraining and I felt it first last Sunday (31/05) when my mind didn’t want to go for the 6K downtown walk. Due to the understanding of my body, that’s the early symptom of overtraining. That day I did the walk because socially, I really needed to go downtown as I haven’t been in public places for a complete week (since last weekend) due to the pandemic. 

The reason for my overtraining was obvious. In the past few weeks, I took about 100’000 steps each week but last week I increased it by 12% to 112’306 steps. (My total weekly steps reflects how active I was during the week because it contains both my running and walking activities) Also I guess after the first three weeks of trainings, my body needed a little bit of rest so I listened to my body.

As a result, I didn’t have daily walks of Monday (01/06) and Tuesday (02/06) (decreased my daily steps just to 10’615 and 10’605 steps respectively for those days) and on Thursday (04/06) I was as tired as I even didn’t get out of home and was mainly sleeping during the day. I resumed my normal training from Friday but anyways my weekly steps for this week dropped to 80’218 steps which had a 20% decrease compared to normal weeks.

Increasing length of my daily runs to 10K

Starting from this Friday, I made another big change in my training plan and it was increasing my daily runs from 5K to 10K. I stayed on 5K runs for almost 4 weeks and I felt it’s the right time to go to the next level of training. 

2020 Training Week 3 (25/05/2020 to 31/05/2020)

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Activity Schedule in Google Docs

My weekly totals

First, let’s review summary of this week’s training: weekly mileage 30.22 km, weekly steps 112306 (16044 steps daily average), total weight loss so far 3.1 kg and this week’s weight loss 1.0 kg.

About my weight loss

In regards to my weight loss, I made the 1 kg/week as desired but it could be a bit even better as I lost 1 kg on Thursday but after that my weight remained the same.  

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 6 run activities in this week. On Monday (25/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.03 K, 5:22 min/km, 160 bpm, 24m elevation gain). On Tuesday (26/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.16 K, 5:35 min/km, 153 bpm, 21m elevation gain). There was an inaccuracy with the GPS of my watch for this run. It was a 5.00K run not a 5.16K run, therefore the true average pace was 5:45 min/km. I explained the issue in the activity notes on my Garmin’s website. On Wednesday (27/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.00 K, 5:12 min/km, 169 bpm, 20m elevation gain). On Thursday (28/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:30 min/km, 165 bpm, 11m elevation gain). On Saturday (30/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:35 min/km, 157 bpm, 21m elevation gain). On Sunday (31/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:17 min/km, 162 bpm, 15m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
5K Run5K Run5K Run5K Run295K Run5K Run30.2 km
16,76215,27018,35118,24310,40214,93318,345112,306
85.4 kg85.4 kg85.2 kg84.4 kg84.1 kg84.4 kg84.4 kg

About my weekly mileage

My weekly mileage this week was 30.22 K and it was almost the same weekly mileage as what I had in the first two weeks of training. I have to stay long enough (at least four weeks) on this weekly mileage before changing it to a higher one to avoid any sort of injury caused by overtraining.

VO2Max and comparing my activities to see my improvement

My VO2Max this week calculated by my watch’s wrist heart rate monitor in my (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) activities were (49, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50) ml/kg/min respectively. In order to see my improvement this week, I want to compare my activity on 27/05 with the following averages (5.00 K, 5:12 min/km, 169 bpm, 20m elevation gain) with my activity on 16/05 with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:44 min/km, 170 bpm, 15m elevation gain). All of the features of both runs i.e. distance, my effort and terrain were the same with each other except my pace. I had 00:32 min/km i.e. 9.3% improvement in 11 days which is really promising. 

My commitment to my training plan

A positive point that I want to mention in regards to my trainings so far, is about my commitment to it. Past three weeks, I had a schedule of four days training and one day off and fortunately I made it all for the entire three weeks, which is very promising.

2020 Training Week 2 (18/05/2020 to 24/05/2020)

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Activity Schedule in Google Docs

My weekly totals

First, let’s review summary of this week’s training: weekly mileage 25.05 km, weekly steps 100’114 (14302 steps daily average), total weight loss so far 2.1 kg and this week’s weight loss 0.9 kg.

About my weight loss

About my weight loss, I almost made my goal of 1 kg/week so I am happy about it. I was looking at my 2016 training google sheets data, and I noticed back in my prime those days (fall 2016 up to October second 2016) my weight was varying between 65-67 kg. That means if I want to get back to my prime and even faster than that, I have to lose over 20 kg of weight and get stable on that. 

That’s not possible if I look at the weight loss process as a short term project. If everything goes perfect and I lose one kg per week, in the best scenario I would make my goal in 20 weeks and after that I have to get stable in that weight (not like last year that I gained back all what I lost and even 4kg more). Saying all of that, I want to remind myself that my new lifestyle (diet plus training) is my new normal for a long period of time. 

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 5 run activities in this week. On Monday (18/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 6:06 min/km, 170 bpm, 15m elevation gain). On Wednesday (20/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:39 min/km, 175 bpm, 24m elevation gain). On Thursday (21/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:37 min/km, 122 bpm, 12m elevation gain). Of course the average heart rate calculated by my Garmin watch’s wrist heart rate monitor was not accurate (122 bpm doesn’t mean anything). On Friday (22/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:34 min/km, 166 bpm, 13m elevation gain). On Saturday (23/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:29 min/km, 153 bpm, 48m elevation gain)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
5K Run195K Run5K Run5K Run5K Run2425.0 km
15,34515,15715,1739,10919,6389,52716,165100,114
85.9 kg85.9 kg86.1 kg86.8 kg85.9 kg85.9 kg85.4 kg

About my weekly mileage

My weekly mileage this week was 25.05 K which was as desired. My training plan is four 5K runs one day rest and I had two days rest this week. Therefore my weekly mileage decreased to 25.05 K this week compared to last week’s 30.37 K weekly mileage. They are all good and I have to stay on this plan for at least four weeks before increasing my weekly mileage to avoid any sort of injury cause by over training. 

VO2Max and comparing activities to see my improvement

My VO2Max this week calculated by my watch’s wrist heart rate monitor in my (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday) activities were (44, 44, NA, 46, 48) ml/kg/min respectively. In order to see my improvement this week, I want to compare my activity on 22/05 with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:34 min/km, 166 bpm, 13m elevation gain) with my activity on 17/05 with the following averages: (5.01 K, 6:15 min/km, 166 bpm, 17m elevation gain).

As we can see, all features of both runs i.e. distance, my effort and terrain are the same except my pace. I had 00:41 min/km i.e. 10.9% improvement in 5 days which is pretty good. Usually that huge improvement in such a short period of time just happens at the beginning of our training where our body hasn’t achieved it’s full potential yet.

2020 Training Week 1 (11/05/2020 to 17/05/2020)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

My weekly totals

First, let’s review summary of this week’s training: weekly mileage 30.37 km, weekly steps 103223 (14746 steps daily average), total weight loss so far 1.2 kg and this week’s weight loss 1.2 kg.

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 6 run activities in this week. On Monday (11/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.32 K, 8:17 min/km, 147 bpm, 83m elevation gain). On Tuesday (12/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 6:24 min/km, 159 bpm, 20m elevation gain). On Wednesday (13/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 6:13 min/km, 165 bpm, 18m elevation gain). On Friday (15/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 6:19 min/km, 154 bpm, 22m elevation gain). On Saturday (16/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 5:44 min/km, 170 bpm, 15m elevation gain). On Sunday (17/05) I had a 5K run with the following averages: (5.01 K , 6:15 min/km, 166 bpm, 17m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
5K Run5K Run5K Run145K Run5K Run5K Run30.3 km
11,45713,85714,89715,75816,33115,46015,463103,223
87.5 kg88.1 kg87.6 kg87.6 kg86.9 kg87.1 kg86.3 kg

About my running and weight loss goals this summer

This summer, I set up a goal of losing 1 kg/week of my body weight through running activities and I made it in the first week. The difference between my losing weight this year and last year is in my exercises i.e. running vs walking. 

2019 weight loss project: weight loss through walking

Last summer, I planned to get back to running but in the first step, I decided to lose weight because I was overweight and I didn’t know if it’s possible to start training while you are overweight. Also based on what I had read before, I thought it’s hard to lose weight through running activities.

I googled “running and lose weight” right now and at least two of the first few articles (this and this) are clearly indicating that running alone is not the best option for losing weight. Also I can remember from 2016 when I was close to my prime, that I took a break during my trainings to lose weight through dieting and walking a lot for better performance.

Why walking and not running

About the question of why walking and not running: the short answer for me was when you are running, you would burn calories faster and you would get hungry faster too and it works less effective for losing weight to run compared to walking.

Although my answer was not very scientific, anyways I had that impression in my mind, that walking works better for losing weight compared to running and therefore I decided to work with “diet and walking” rather than “diet and running”.

Therefore in a very difficult diet (it was my fist diet ever) during 18 weeks, I lost 12.5 kg (27.5 lb). After that difficult first step, my motivation for running decreased a lot. I tried to run a few times but I didn’t see a huge difference in my performance before and after losing weight. I also got busy with my job so I totally forgot about running.

While preparing for running was my main reason for losing weight, I didn’t take care of my weight after I stopped thinking about running and in my mind, I didn’t believe I was going to gain a lot of weight if I stopped caring about my weight and my diet. What happened in practice was totally different.

After I stopped my diet on 09/09/2019 until I again decided to get back to training and diet this week, I gained all what I lost in summer 2019, and even 4.2 kg more. In fact, on 07/05/2019 (beginning of my 2019 diet) I was 83.3 kg and on 10/05/2020 (beginning of my 2020 diet) I was 87.5 kg.

My 2020 goal: running and weight loss

This year, the story is totally different. My absolute first priority is getting back to my physical fitness and I know it takes a long time to gain back the physical fitness I lost during the past three years. I still don’t know how much it would work to lose weight with diet and running, but even if it’s not the most effective way for losing weight, I chose this over diet and walking because this time, running is the main factor for me not losing weight.

Getting advice of a qualified exercise professional

Having all of that in my mind, I gave a call to 811 to talk to a qualified exercise professional to advise me about a training plan. I have read a lot of books about different training plans but none of them is applicable for me because I am very slow right now. In terms of numbers, my last four 10K run times were 70, 69, 67, 68 minutes.

After talking to a qualified exercise professional, he told me that I am overthinking about this matter. He said it’s better just to start training and I also have to be careful about not getting injured by overtraining because I have been away from running for a long time. Due to my long distance walks of last year, I knew my body is OK with having 100’000 weekly steps. Therefore I set that as a constraint in my trainings, for beginning no more than 100’000 weekly steps. 

building my training plan with 5K runs

I started my trainings with 5K runs and had it for four consecutive days. On the fifth day I felt that I needed one day rest and therefore I built my training plan this way: four day 5K runs and one day rest. I would continue with this training plan until I see I need to change it. 

2016 Training Summary (05/05/2016 to 11/11/2016)

Totals: 1118.5 Km Running, 33.2 Km Swimming

Running and Swimming Activity Details in Google Sheets,

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

Photo Gallery

summer-2016-training
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
Easy 68 min08/11Easy 64 minEasy 62 minEasy 9 min12/1113/1138.5 km Run
31/1001/11Easy 18 min03/1104/11Easy 67 min06/1115.8 km Run
Steady 51 min25/10Steady 40 min27/1028/1029/1030/1018.1 km Run
Steady 60 min8 Steady runs (9K total)Steady 27 min20/10Steady 81 min22/10Steady 63 min56.8 km Run
10/1011/1012/1013/1014/10Steady 1K16/101.4 km Run
03/1004/1005/1006/1007/1008/1009/100.0 km Run
26/09Steady 16K run28/09Warm up Tempo 13K 30/0901/10Long 30K run62.0 km Run
Steady 16K runSteady 16K run21/09Warm up Tempo 13K23/09Speed run 15×400Long 20K run82.3 km Run
12/0913/0914/0915/09Long 26K run17/0918/0926.0 km Run
Long 26K 06/0907/09Speed 4×1200-400 walkSteady 16K10/0911/0955.4 km Run
29/0830/08Steady 16KEasy 5K Warm up Tempo 13K03/0904/0937.1 km Run
Long 26K23/08Easy runSpeed 400,800,1200,1600Steady 16K27/08Steady 19K74.0 km Run
Steady 11K16/0817/08Speed 4×1200-400 recovery19/08Warm up Tempo 13K21/0842.9 km Run
Easy 12KEasy 19KSteady 11K11/08Warm up Tempo 8K13/08Steady 22K (Fast)74.3 km Run
Rest WeekRest WeekRest WeekRest WeekWarm up Steady 8K06/08Easy 16K26.0 km Run
Rest WeekSUPSUP FireworksRest WeekRest WeekRest WeekRest Week2 SUP trips
Easy 13KEasy 16K (Failed Speed)20/07Easy 13KTempo 6KRest WeekRest Week54.8 km Run
Easy 16KHills Training 10×200Easy 5K Easy 6K14/0715/07Easy 16KEasy 16K70.1 km Run
Easy 3K 3K Swim  Easy 3K 300m Swim Easy 15KEasy 15K08/0709/07Easy 16K52.4 km Run3.3 km Swim
Easy 15KSpeed 4×1200-400 recoveryEasy 15K 300m SwimSpeed 4×1200-400 recovery 500m SwimEasy 15K 400m Swim02/07Easy 3K 2K Swim75.0 km Run3.2 km Swim
Tempo 6KEasy 15K 1K SwimEasy 15K 500m SwimSpeed 6×800-400 recoveryEasy 12K25/06Long 20K90.8 km Run1.5 km Swim
Easy 12K  1K Swim14/06Easy 15K 1K SwimEasy 15K 1K Swim16K run 1K SwimEasy 11K 500m Swim19/0669.8 km Run4.5 km Swim
06/0607/0608/06Easy 3K 500m Swim Easy 3KEasy 10KEasy 10KEasy 10K 500m Swim38.2 km Run1.0 km Swim
Easy Run31/05Easy Run 2K Swim Easy Run02/0603/0604/0605/068.0 km Run2.0 km Swim
23/0524/0525/05Easy Run27/052K Swim2K Swim Easy Run5.4 km Run4.0 km Swim
16/0517/051K Swim19/052K Swim21/052K Swim 50m Swim5.1 km Swim
09/052K Swim2K Swim2K Swim13/05SUPSUP6.0 km Swim2 SUP trips
02/0503/0504/05600m Swim06/0507/052K Swim2.6 km Swim

2016 Training Weeks 22-25 (15/10/2016 to 11/11/2016)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

05

In the last four weeks of 2016 training, I had unorganized, naked (without watch) training. Below is the summary of my training for that period of time:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
Easy 68 min8Easy 64 minEasy 62 minEasy 9 min121338.5 km Run
311Easy 18 min34Easy 67 min615.8 km Run
Steady 51 min25Steady 40 min2728293018.1 km Run
Steady 60 min8 Steady runs (9K total)Steady 27 min20Steady 81 min22Steady 63 min56.8 km Run
1011121314Steady 1K161.4 km Run

2016 Training Week 21 (26/09/2016 to 02/10/2016)

Activity Details in Google Sheets

Activity Schedule in Google Docs

05

Summary of this week’s activities

First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 3 run activities in this week. On Tuesday (27/09) I had a 16K steady run with the following averages: (16.01 K, 4:39 min/km, 160 bpm, 2m elevation gain). On Thursday (29/09) I had a warm up run with the following averages: (3.01 K, 4:29 min/km, 162 bpm, 0m elevation gain) and a 13K tempo run with the following averages: (13.00 K, 4:12 min/km, 179 bpm, 0m elevation gain). On Sunday (02/10) I had a 30K long run with the following averages: (30.01 K, 4:47 min/km, 156 bpm, 1m elevation gain).

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayTotal
26Steady 16K run28Warm up Tempo 13K 301Long 30K run62.0 km Run

VO2Max and weekly mileage

My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday) activities were (58, 58, 59) ml/kg/min respectively. Also my weekly mileage this week was 62.0 km run.

About individual runs

On Sunday (02/10): After 30k long runs always use your HT, I got that lesson since last year!!!