Week in review: finding routine

Long run

Quality training sessions

Intervals: 6 x [1km at 4min/km; 200m recovery]

This training session went well. I'm able to run the 4min/km pace consistently and relatively easily. I need to run more time at a higher intensity to build in the future.

Hills intervals : 10 x [200m climb hard; 200m descent recovery]

I ran each interval hard and could definitely feel it after a couple of the intervals. I didn't quite finish as many as I wanted to (or that were planned) as I had my fueling wrong and felt really flat towards the end of the session. A lesson re-learnt...


I did my first week of the eight week general strength and mobility routine. I'm surprisingly more mobile and flexible than I expected, however, I could definitely feel the hard work in my hips and hamstrings after the first few days of the routine.

I also did some gentle hiking to get used to using my poles. Lots more coordination needed :)

Equipment used
Salomon Sense Mantra 2, Skechers GoRun Ultra, Garmin Fenix2

Garmin Statistics
136bpm (average heart rate)


In the end a week that I'm pleased with. Nothing special in terms of volume or quality, but a great return to routine and consistent training. With our move in the last few months I've felt quite interrupted and at times have lost the regularity and "clockwork" of my training so it's great to be back in the right groove. I have a great week to build on again.

So many options!!

The trails in Vaud are mostly rolling hills through the countryside.

I get to run in the woods a lot and I love it!


a said...

Are you gonna do this a weekly habit? NICE
Nothing like settle into a weekly training routine. Love it !

FlandriaRuns said...

I am looking to get Salomon Sense Mantra 2 pretty soon. How is the Salomon Sense Mantra 2 compared to the first one, any noticeable changes in design or improvements?

Daniel Rowland said...

Hi Max - I am planning to try and put up a review each week. It's nice to share what I've been up to. I enjoy your review and a few others each week so I thought it would be great to do my own.

Daniel Rowland said...

I like the Sense Mantra 2, although it did take some wearing in for me. The upper is quite stiff and from I have heard (without any of my own experience) the Sense Pro is a better upper on the same sole. I didn't try the first Mantra so I can't comment on how much of a change there has been.

Matías said...

Nice post DRow! Keep the good work with your training.

I'm looking forward to have a few days in switzerland on my way back to Chile.

Angela (your daughter) LOL said...

Okay thanks Daniel, appreciate the response. I have used both the Sense Pro and Mantra (last year's) - I actually preferred the Mantra over the Sense Pro. Yes, the Sense Pro is much softer but as the Sense Pro starts wearing out, my toes start sliding forward compared to the Mantra. It is really a personal preference but just wanted to give my experience on the two. I like the stiffness of the Mantra so that is a good thing. :-)

Daniel Rowland said...

Thanks for the feedback on the Sense Pro versus the Mantra. I appreciate it.

Daniel Rowland said...

Thanks Mati!

Let me know when you're on your way through Switzerland. I have plenty of new trails to show you!!