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Dealing with injury and setbacks

Started Sep 16 0 Replies

Hi All,I have completed the Cool Impossible plan!! Fantastic!! My 5km went from 26:31 min to 22:28 min and I got a substantial increase in strength for the hills. Will share more of my experience or…Continue

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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Ben Lynch replied to Matthew Sheringham's discussion Strength Training - Uneven Leg length
"HI Matt, Interesting problem and one I am not really educated on. However just thought I would share a few thoughts. Have you given the exercises in Erics books a go? They are really helped me with glute activation and stability of the hips which…"
Dec 7
Ben Lynch replied to Andres Araoz Ardaya's discussion Chanching HR and SP zones throughout 5-month program.
"Hi, I had similar concerns to you and had a number of set backs due to injuries.  Although I agree it would be best to optimize training with dialed in HR and SP zones I think the best benefits will come through consistency and completing the…"
Oct 23
Ben Lynch replied to Eric Orton's discussion Will The Cool Impossible Strength Help With Shin Splints
"Hi Eric, Thanks for sharing this email. Great advice. Could you please expand on "Focus on getting better at it than doing more."?  I would read this as focusing on form when doing the exercise and don't push it too much to…"
Oct 6
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Dealing with injury and setbacks

Hi All,I have completed the Cool Impossible plan!! Fantastic!! My 5km went from 26:31 min to 22:28 min and I got a substantial increase in strength for the hills. Will share more of my experience or a blog if people are interested. Unfortunately before finishing the plan I stepped on a dog bone and got a stone bruise on my foot. This has been causing discomfit for 5 weeks and stopping me getting started with round 2 of the Cool Impossible Plan to be sub 20min 5k.How do you deal with set backs?…See More
Sep 16
Ben Lynch liked Eric Orton's discussion Will The Cool Impossible Strength Help With Shin Splints
Sep 11
Giorgio Guglielmino liked Ben Lynch's discussion Training Peak Plan - Cool Impossible
Sep 6
Ben Lynch replied to Joe DeFeo's discussion Cadence
"Hi, from my experience I have had to reduce my stride length to get the right cadence. Now i run easy runs at 180 and when i run fast I got to about 200. Does your speed change much when you increase your cadence? "
Aug 26
Ben Lynch replied to Andres Araoz Ardaya's discussion Five-month program for marathon...Eric writes in TCI more training needed
"Hello, This is a very useful questions. I am just about done with the TCI program (which is great) and found the following post useful also. http://www.runningwitheric.com/forum/topics/after-phase-1-and-phase-2 Side point, I see you are from La…"
Aug 19
Ben Lynch liked Andres Araoz Ardaya's discussion Five-month program for marathon...Eric writes in TCI more training needed
Aug 19
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
Ben Lynch posted a discussion

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

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How many years have you been running?
2
What is your goal race for the year?
Finish Cool Impossible Training Plan
What is your "ultimate dream" running goal?
Running long and fast with my dog.

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