My AeT and resting HR are the same as you (Angelina). This is really helpful Carolyn. Looking forward to spending more time in zone one 🙂
Thanks for helping to build this community! I have a long history in sport – mostly as a competitive figure skater growing up. I dabbled in rowing and track and field in university. As an adult, I have always considered myself a “non-runner”. In 2019, I was speaking to someone who listened to my long list of everything I despised about the sport and surmised that I hated road running! He opened my eyes to the world of trail running and I haven’t looked back. It is hard to get the elevation I crave living in Toronto, but I make the most of all the ravines/valleys and supplement with all the box jumping and stair climbs I can find. I escape the city and head to the Laurentian mountains in Quebec for long weekends and in the summer.
My absolute favourite shoe is TOPO Athletics Terraventure. It has a wide toe box (probably similar to the Altra, although I have never tried those) and the perfect amount of cushioning/stability for me.
I also love the book Endure by Alex Hutchinson. The influence of the mind over body is fascinating.
And my most recent find that I’m telling everyone about is tart cherry juice before bed as a sleep aid 🙂
I have been wearing the Garmin Vivoactive 3 for several years and am really happy with it. I like the touchscreen and look/style on my small wrists. I find that it looks reasonable to wear all the time (even in a corporate job). It is also a budget friendly option. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have multiple types of running settings (ie. road and trail as separate sports) and although it tracks a lot of sports, some of the ones that I like to do are missing (ie. snowshoeing, open water swim).
I’m currently looking at switching to a Coros Apex for two reasons: better battery life and the ability to track open water swimming. I have heard that the battery life of Coros is the best, which may be important depending on the length of your event. Happy shopping.
I’m debating between the Intermediate and Advanced plan. I think my AeT and AnT spread is around 10-11%. For the last 3 months, I have been doing approximately 6-7 hours of cardio per week plus 2 hours of strength. The cardio has been 3 runs (or snowshoeing or nordic skiing depending on conditions), 2 indoor bike rides and 1 swim per week. One day of full recovery and one day of active recovery. I have the Intermediate plan and it looks like the volume will still allow me to do 1 swim and maybe 1 bike, plus follow the program (I’d like to keep incorporating these other sports as my body likes the low impact). Do you think I would get more benefit from the Advanced plan? I’m training for a 35km trail/mountain race in Quebec, Canada with 1200m elevation in early August. So, I have time for a couple of more training blocks after this plan is complete. Thanks!