6 Days Until the ING Miami Half Marathon
Wait a second. Did I really just type that? Six days? What have I gotten myself into?
Taper madness is in full effect, and even more so since the previous week was also of reduced volume and intensity due to an untimely appearance of shin splints.
Strength, mobility and skill training has continued as usual.
The lack of running hasn’t concerned me much from a strength perspective too much, but I’ve been a bit concerned regarding the cardiovascular aspect. And just in the interests of full disclosure I have some mental block or weakness that prevents me from sitting on a stationary bike long enough to illicit a decent training response.
I tested out the legs with three runs this week, totaling a paltry 8.4 miles. I completed 2 run-walk intervals on the treadmill, hoping to take advantage of the more forgiving impact forces, and took the final run of the week back out to my usual route on the road.
To make up for the lack of cardio intensity recently I wore the Elevation Training Mask during two of the three runs. The mask’s designers and marketers make quite a large number of claims regarding the physiological benefits and changes you can expect from training in the mask. While I’m definitely not convinced or swayed by many of these claims, the one thing I can attest to is this: the mask allows me to run at an easy, relaxed pace thus sparing my shins, joints and feet from harder impact forces while still challenging my heart, lungs and core to work overtime in order to keep me running.
Plus, an additional bonus not discussed but maybe implied and assumed is that by wearing the mask you will discover that stray dogs stay away and there is always a clear lane ahead as oncoming walkers and runners suddenly shuffle in another direction.