Yesterday I went to the Whitworth Human Performance Lab (sounds fancy, huh?) to meet with my coach to have my lactate threshold tested. I have never had this test done before so I was excited. My husband even joined me because I think he was curious about it as well. It was also Valentine’s Day so maybe he just wanted to spend the afternoon watching his Valentine run on the treadmill? How romantic. J
Matt started out explaining how the test works and what I should expect. He would have me warm up and then run at a certain pace for 3 minutes, hop off so he could get a small blood sample from my finger (like a diabetes test) and then hop back on the treadmill and run for another 3 minutes at a faster pace than before and repeat until I reached my threshold. Pretty simple!
I have never run on a Woodway Treadmill before so I was pretty excited to try it out. I have heard great things about them and I can confirm that all the great things are true!!! My husband’s jaw hit the floor when he found out the treadmill I was running on cost a whooping 12K (this was their LOW END model). Needless to say, I don’t think I will be getting an upgrade from Trixie ANYTIME soon. J
After my warm up, Matt had me start out at 7.0 and then I gradually moved up to 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, & 9.5. There was less than 1 minute rest in between each of these 3 minute sets. At the end of 3 minutes I hopped off, had my finger pricked and then hopped back on.
After the test Matt went over what he had in mind for my new training plan. The week before I had given him my current training plan and sent him some of my Garmin data so he had a general idea of what I had been running before he set out to create a plan for Eugene in April. The new plan looks fantastic! It doesn’t follow the concept of RLRF, which I was never really sold on in the first place. It involves more running days and higher mileage, but nothing that I won’t be able to handle. All of the runs are based on my current threshold pace which we will re-evaluate again mid March. There are essentially 3 workouts per week and 2 easy running days where I can run anywhere from 2-5 miles. I will also continue my cross training on Tuesdays & Thursdays and either run easy, easy on Saturday or hit up a spin class.
Here are my official threshold results....
To say that I am excited is a huge understatement. I am excited about working with Matt, I am excited about my new training plan, I am excited about the goals I have set for myself, and I am excited for EUGENE!
Questions for you:
Have you had a lactate threshold test done before?
Anyone else run on a Woodway??? Anyone lucky enough to OWN a Woodway???