Running Program – Week 7

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

Hi Runners – here is the plan for week 6 – it’s our “distance” week!

The last 2 weeks, we have been focusing on Fartleks for our intervals and hills – but during this week we will focus on Long Slow Distance (LSD) to get every ready for the length of the event on October 28 (next week, which is the week before our event, we will be “tapering” with only a few short runs so you’re fully recovered and ready to run hard).

On October 28, we will have a challenging half-marathon (13.1-mile) course for you around Draper.

Your goal this week is to do 3 LONG runs – basically focusing on the distance that you’re covering and NOT on your speed or intensity.

Remember that our rating of perceived exertion (RPE) during LSD should be between 5 and 7 (on a 10-point scale) – so you’re likely to be running at a speed that feels “too easy” (especially at the beginning of your workout). This is the “slow” part of LSD – and the reason that we run at this low intensity is to train our body to burn fat more efficiently.

How long is “long”? Considering that the event in 13.1 miles, you should shoot for your 3 runs to cover at least 10-11-12 miles this week (I suggest to have at least a day off between each of these runs).

We are 2 weeks away from our “race” on October 28 (LSD this week and “taper” next week) – so please send Shawn and Julie any questions?

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Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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