April 2017 - (Braveheart Coaching)2

Anaerobic-Training

Workout of The Week: Anaerobic Training for Runners

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Despite what many runners think, the working skeletal muscles do not get their energy either entirely aerobically or entirely anaerobically. In fact, they almost always get their energy from both systems simultaneously, with the balance shifting gradually from aerobic toward anaerobic as exercise intensity increases. Exercise intensity must increase way above the lactate threshold before the muscles even get a majority of their energy anaerobically. If we were to run as hard as we could in 2 minutes, our muscles would get about ½ their energy aerobically during that effort. Most exercise scientists understand that much but too many of…

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6 Ways To Train For Recovery

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In contrast with what many in the fitness world would have us believe, our fitness increases not while on the run—where we’re reminded to “feel the burn” and that there’s no gain without that pain—but rather during the recovery process between runs. The stress of running initiates a number of hormonal and genetic mechanisms in various parts of the body, allowing each part to adapt in a way that makes it better prepared for the next workout. But these physiological adjustments can only take place when our bodies are at rest. Since the majority of fitness adaptation magic happens through…

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Tips To Plan For An Organized Triathlon Season

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Choices, choices, choices!  The calendar year is packed with athletic events to choose from and it can be hard to choose which ones to include in our schedule. Between favorite triathlon events, races our friends are doing, bucket-list events, the destination competition, we can be easily overwhelmed by the abundance of choice. Here are some tips to keep our schedule sane, crush our goals and have fun doing it. Start with a review Take a look back at our previous year, including the good, the bad and the DNFs. Identify what went well and where we can improve. In order…

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