I promise I’m gonna stay up on this now! Jay, running is going very well. I know we’ve talked since this post but I figured I’d put it out there in general as well. So…The truth is very very sucky. I started with an initial mile time of well over 9 minutes…if I remember correctly it was either 9:15 or 9:30. Regardless it was not good. I knew no matter what I was looking at cutting a minimum of 3 minutes off my mile time to start. I’ve been pretty honest with myself from the outset and thought, hey if I get around 6:30 - 6:15 I’ll be good with that.
Keep in mind that this is all in conjunction with knocking out that 600 Raw Squat and Dead in the same week. When Harry Selkow put this out there a couple years ago I knew I didn’t have the strength to stand a chance of completing this then. This has been a long time coming and just waiting till the time was right. Its really funny to me that literally within a week and a half of settling on this I discover the training of Alex Viada. Shit changed…LMAO! Now I really do want to push under that 6:00 mark.
My initial concepts were a split based on the coaching from Brian Carroll and what he does with me in regard to the strength end. You can talk with Brian himself via the 10/20/Life group on FB and definitely pick up the 10/20/Life Book as well. Brian has made me brutally strong, no way around it. My back development is just surreal to me at points. I know I have a long healthy future because of the balance and guidance I’ve received from him.
I can never thank him enough for showing the faith in me he has. I’m not an easy guy to keep focused and I tend to isolate myself and disappear into training. This is a constant struggle for me, but we are making strides.
Anyway, the split and how Alex changed my opinions…
Initially I was doing this->
M- Main Day T- Run training day 1 W- Upper Acc Th- Run training day 2 F- Lower Acc S- Long Run Sun- Off
In the first two weeks I think I almost died…hahahaha. I couldn’t do shit, I was blown out mentally, physically, emotionally. I did the training but had I not been getting some awesome motivation from another runner I most surely would have quit. It was in that period though that Alex’s training and his views on splits came into play. 10/20/Life provides some solid break up points where you know you’ve got a chance to have the body come back and adapt in the recovery periods. I’d seen this in just the general strength end.
So I knew that if I could incorporate a more realistic layout to the running and its programming in conjunction with the strength end of things, I had a shot at this thing. That made me do the unthinkable…at least it seemed so at the time, combine running and training on the same days. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
True story, it fucking worked. It allowed me to recover more. I know it seems crazy but it really is true. My times suffered on the runs at first as the intensity of hitting the main day and the lower acc day in conjunction with the running is very very challenging. I will not bullshit you at all there, this is hard. I’ve had to have a steady influx of Jamie Jasta screaming in my ears through many runs. But here’s the kicker, you just feel better.
So right now the split looks more like this
M- Main Day/Run Training Day1 Tues- Off or Light Recovery Wed- Upper Acc/ Light Recovery Thur- Off or Light Recovery Friday- Lower Acc/Run Training Day 2 Sat- Off or Light Recovery Sun-Long Run…Usually, had to change that this week
What’s Light Recovery? For me a lot of times its me getting a chance to work on some olympic moves or rowing. Just stuff that keeps me moving but doesn’t affect my other training. I’m a coach, so I constantly have things I need to work on, this split actually gives me a chance to do that stuff in a productive manner. I love it. Here’s the other part that I’m sure maybe if you pinned Alex down he’d tell you…when you powerlift and can run and stay conditioned… you really feel like a bamf. Lol!
Vids to come and some specifics on what I’m eating as well…hint: its everything I can get in my hands and into my mouth.