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Alternating running and rowing

Posted by thepeteplan on May 19, 2013

Despite not blogging for a while, I am still training. Life continues to be busy, so there is not a great variety in my training to write about, I’m just getting it done to keep fit and get fitter. I am enjoying alternating days of running and rowing at the moment. I don’t really enjoy running, but I do think that it is a useful skill to have. And the more I do it, the easier it gets, and therefore the less I hate doing it! What I do enjoy about it, though, is doing an activity with no data – I don’t wear a watch, so don’t measure distance, time or speed. I just go out of the back door, run for about 8k around a cross country loop, and eventually get back home. With no data it means I have no targets, and therefore I find it as easier activity for days when I get home from work and don’t really feel like training.

Erging wise, because time is somewhat lacking my current favorite session is a 10k split up as 8k steady (or at least not hard, it can be slightly negative split, or constant paced) followed by a fast last 2k. Here was today’s effort:

10k = 37:04.2 / 1:51.2 / 25
2k splits:
1:53.8 / 24
1:53.8 / 24
1:53.9 / 24
1:53.8 / 24
1:40.6 / 31 (6:42.4 last 2k)

You will notice a theme here, again not a difficult session mentally to go into when you’re cruising 80% of the distance. But these sessions are doing their job, and I am working hard for that final 2k. This session is very time efficient – no warm up needed, no rest periods between reps that take time, and a good solid period of hard work in the final 2k.

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