Day 16: 30-Day Ultra Low Volume Running Experiment

9-12-12, Wednesday

Went to the track and it was windy.  Wore my lightweight New Balance and kept a close eye on my watch to pace myself for the time I thought I was capable of.

My last 1-Mile Time Trial was in mid-June.  And it was 8 minutes and 38 seconds.  Bodyweight was 215lbs that day.

Now 3 months later – bodyweight was 207lbs.

Ran it in 8 minutes and 13 seconds.  That’s 25 seconds faster than my last mile time trial.  I’m satisfied with that but wanted a sub-8-minute mile.  Just couldn’t pull it off though.  I was huffing and puffing and both arms felt like they turned to lead at the 1,200-meter mark.

My 400-meter splits:

  • 1 minute and 58 seconds.

  • 2 minutes and 3 seconds.

  • 2 minutes and 8 seconds.

  • 2 minutes and 4 seconds.

At first glance a 25-second improvement doesn’t seem like much over a 3-month period.  And I guess it’s not.  But it’s not as bad as it looks when you take into consideration the ultra low running volume I’ve been doing for a bit over 2 weeks.

Now of course this means that I’ve blown my maximum run volume for the entire week.  No big deal though.  Doing some other training on the side that should have at the least a slight positive impact on my running economy.


About bencrush

42-year old multiple USAWA record holder who enjoys grip strength training, bending steel, and sharing my knowledge of training in both areas.
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