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Strength Work in Cool Impossible

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Gross Jun 25. 3 Replies

Hello All,I have been working my way through the Cool Impossible program. Up to Phase 2 Week 3. Amazing program. In addition I do the leg and core workouts 2 to 3 times a week.I have had some shin…Continue

Hill Interval Gradient

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Lynch Mar 21. 2 Replies

Hi All,I am lucky to have a selection of hills close to my house (on the road) that would be good for hill intervals.What would be a good gradient to choose??I have done 2 min intervals from the Cool…Continue

Training Peak Plan - Cool Impossible

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shayne Francis Mar 14. 3 Replies

Hi All,I have been using Training peaks to automatically download my Cool Impossible workouts to my Garmin each morning. It is really great and takes the effort away from timing and thinking when out…Continue

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David Gross replied to Ben Lynch's discussion Strength Work in Cool Impossible
"Hello Ben, Thank you for relating your experience.  That is great to know and am glad to hear that the foot strength work and calf raises will help as it seems to be already!  I do about 30-40 seconds of calf raises for each leg after…"
Jun 25
Ben Lynch replied to Ben Lynch's discussion Strength Work in Cool Impossible
"Thanks for the reply David. I too am very familiar with tight calf muscles. I used to get these alot. I ended up going to a running physio for advice. I used to do alot of stretching to try and resolve tight calfs. The physio told me tightness is…"
Jun 24
David Gross replied to Ben Lynch's discussion Strength Work in Cool Impossible
"I have been experiencing very tight calf muscles in my left leg since Feb/Mar of this year plus recently a pulled hamstring in my right leg, so am limiting my running.  But I have started the slant board basic 6 exercises (2 poles, 1 minute)…"
Jun 24
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Strength Work in Cool Impossible

Hello All,I have been working my way through the Cool Impossible program. Up to Phase 2 Week 3. Amazing program. In addition I do the leg and core workouts 2 to 3 times a week.I have had some shin pain/irritation creep up on me so have had a few days off from running, putting  on Voltaren Gel (inflammation gel) and refocused/doubling down on strength work especially calf work. I will limit running this week and see how I go. Frustrating but part of the journey. Is this an advised approach to…See More
Jun 23
Ben Lynch replied to Beth Garigen's discussion Heart rate
"Hi Beth, One thing I have been noticing is that my heart rate monitor (optical on watch (Garmin 935) and Garmin HRM strap) is that it sometimes shows high readings at the start of a run. This is in the cold/high humidity.  It locks onto cadence…"
Jun 5
Ben Lynch commented on Lori Enlow's blog post Cruel Jewel 100 race report part 3 - Day 2:
"Thanks for the motivating read."
May 29
Ben Lynch commented on Eric Orton's blog post The Trails Are Open. But How's Your IT Band?
"Great and timely post. Great long term advice. Do you have any advice for sore IT Bands for the more short term? Foam Rolling? I am working through the exercises in the book but some tightness is affecting me."
May 20
Ben Lynch replied to Jeff Jorgensen's discussion Speed Zone Tables in km instead of miles
"https://www.runnersworld.com/training/a20801331/pace-converter/ This is a good resource to cross check the zones. Excel is a good tool for conversions. I had a play in excel to do the conversion and found success with simply dividing by 1.609344…"
May 8
Ben Lynch replied to Michael Mulick's discussion testing time and worried about injury
"https://www.runnersworld.com/training/a20801331/pace-converter/ This is a good resource to cross check the zones. Excel is a good tool for conversions."
May 6
Ben Lynch replied to Beth Garigen's discussion Cool Impossible technique
"Hello, I also found that. When i put focus into getting my arm movement right while running my breathing changed a surprising lot. It will go back to normal. Ben"
Apr 28
Ben Lynch liked RJT's discussion Long run length include warm up and cool down?
Apr 9
Ben Lynch liked Eric Orton's blog post How Sprinting Can Improve Your Endurance
Apr 8
Ben Lynch replied to Brandan Nelson's discussion Outside Foot Strength needed (on uphill only)
"Hello, Definitively not an expert but have found large foot strength gains with the slant board exercises from "The Cool Impossible" , the plan in the book and running hills. I used to turn to stretching/massage when i had issues and now I…"
Apr 3
Ben Lynch replied to Ben Lynch's discussion Hill Interval Gradient
"Thanks Eric, very useful advice. After my experiment with running a steeper hill for the shorter time i felt like it was a good choice. I am lucky to have the choice in hills. Thanks for the great book. It really has so much great things in it."
Mar 21
Eric Orton replied to Ben Lynch's discussion Hill Interval Gradient
"Great question Ben. In general, the shorter, faster the intervals, the steeper you can go with your hill. The idea around short and fast is to general power and force, so the steep the better - up to about ~10%. If you are doing longer intervals, 3+…"
Mar 21
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Finish Cool Impossible Training Plan
What is your "ultimate dream" running goal?
Running long and fast with my dog.

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