Ten days to go till Master Nationals in Kingston, 8km Cross Country, looking forward to the push!
Over the past three weeks I have been doing the outdoor work, working the short tempos and short intervals. The shorter and faster tempo runs improve anaerobic threshold (maximum pace that you can sustain without using anaerobic stores) and still allow full recovery-adaptation from the formal short interval workouts.
As well, I have been keeping up with the indoor work, working coordination, contraction speed, relaxation speed and lower abs strength with swiss ball work. Also working reaction, balance, coordination, reactive strength on balance apparatus' for the entire nervous system. This type of proprioceptive/balance/reactive training can make you react much quicker in terms of initial contact, mid-stance and take off in ones gait cycle.
From there continuing to build strong feet with plyometric based work. Your legs will only generate as much force into the ground as the foot and muscles around the ankle will allow.
After XC Nationals I will fly to Calgary that night to take part in the first Nordic Alberta Cups of the season the next day with the 10km Classic in Canmore as part of preparations gearing up for Nordic Nationals in Canmore in March.
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!