I've completed my preparation for the transcontinental run in a series of phases:
|Phase 1||General inactivity. The most active thing being competing against my cousin in running races on the wii ..... whilst sitting down.|
|Phase 2||Very slow build up of kilometers and running time on the treadmill, starting at 10 minutes. A focus upon solid dietary requirements.|
|Phase 3||A sustained two week cycle on the gym treadmill - a controlled environment to get to know how my running body works.
Week One - a build up of kilometers.
Week Two - a combination of interval training, hill work, aerobic and anaerobic running.
Each week contained a long run and a rest day. Blister maintenance and muscle recovery became priorities. I seemed to be involved in muscle recovery more than the actual running; spa and sauna work and active recovery on the bike and in the pool. Psychologically this phase on the treadmill was very important as boredom was tackled. Boredom was soon replaced by running gait adjustments and experimenting with running with different types of foods and liquids for my body. Much reading and discussions with endurance athletes also took place during this phase of training
|Phase 4||Running on the roads - The cushioned treadmill is replaced by the real world!
A steady increase of running distance and further hill training. My car's registration running out aids the run preparation greatly as I begin running literally everywhere including the daily 10km to work and 10km home in all weather conditions.
Focused attention to correct diet for endurance work.
|Phase 5||The Milford Track, NZ. I end up running the track with a full pack on my back. Spectacular running conditions and scenery.|
|Phase 6||Current phase - building kilometers, muscle recovery, no overtraining and remaining injury free!
Purchasing of equipment for the run, including solar panels to recharge equipment, quick set up tent, SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger.
Finalisation of proposed itinerary and information for the website.
An essential part of training has been reading as much literature as I can about everything important to the runner. I've read everything from the Complete Idiot's Guide to Running, to the 930 page Lore of Running. Here are some of the helpful guides you can find about running:
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