Right now I am doing MAF training (sorta):
Monday and Wednesday are recovery days. I keep my HR below 132 and run (or walk) for 40 minutes.
Tuesday and Thursday are medium days. I run in my MAF HR zone (below 151) for 40 minutes.
Saturday I do a long run with my HR below 132, or my MAF test with my HR below 151.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I do BBG which gets my HR higher than my MAF.
Does BBG hurt me?
I’ve been tired lately after BBG. Really tired. I talked to my hubby about it but there are just so many variables.
I have increased my calories to about 2000/day but don’t watch macros or necessarily eat “well.” I eat sandwiches on white bread, for example.
I have increased my water intake to at least a gallon a day
I started BBG October 10th and started consistently running (post race) about the same time.
Am I not eating enough or well enough?
Am I dehydrated?
Am I not sleeping enough?
Am I overtraining?
Am I still adjusting to my training?
I don’t know the answer and it’s frustrating me. I’m also not losing weight. I see the biggest difference in body appearance with increased water. (Note: When I say “weight” I mean perceived. It has more to do with the mirror than the scale. “Losing weight” is just easy to say and I know what I mean.)
I want to finish out BBG. I committed to it and I am doing it with friends. I don’t want to bail. That said, I worry that the increased heart rate my affect my MAF results. I think I will finish out this round. Week 13 will be January 15th. At that time, I think I will stop doing BBG for time. Instead, I will stick to the moves (for the sake of getting in my strength) but focus on keeping my HR in my MAF. If it gets too high I will pause until it goes lower. I wonder if I should start this now? I really don’t know.
Part of my desire to wait is that I am hoping to get books about the MAF method for Christmas. I could keep doing what I’m doing for now, then read the books, and then make a change. I have plenty of time. I’m 30 and I don’t have any pressing goals.
Part of me wants to alter BBG right now. I just worry that, having not read the books, I will be making under-informed changes that don’t accomplish what I think they will. I need to be patient and make changes gradually so that I can see what the difference is.
Another thing I would change January 15th is to begin the 2 week test. This is a very restricted diet change but only lasts 2 weeks. I could technically fit it in before Christmas but I think it would sabotage my work to go straight into the holidays afterwards. So January 15hs I drop the higher HR work (same exercises just lower HR throughout) and make the dietary changes. That would give me 10 more weeks to get sleeping/water consumption under control, and to rule out my exhaustion being a training adjustment thing. I think this seems the most logical.
I understand this post is rambling but as the title says, these are my current musings. This is what is on my mind this morning as I read articles on MAF and sip my coffee.
A final thought: I know there is nothing to be embarrassed about but it is humbling to see how weak my aerobic base is. I see people starting the test running 10 minute miles and it is “so slow and miserable” for them. My average pace on my 3 mile test was 14:04. My fastest was 13:54 and to be fair, I did spike above my MAF a few times each lap (hills, etc). I look forward to improving my aerobic base. I’m excited to see what my body can do. But it is humbling to start back at the beginning like this. I wonder how this happened to me. I wonder if it is something I never gained in the first place (very un-athletic in school) or if something specifically altered it (illnesses, transfusions, pregnancies/births, etc). There’s no point in figuring it out. I am where I am now. The good thing is that there is plenty of room to improve.