Training Blog: Andy Dolphin – October

Following the post-holiday blip, HRV has been fairly stable even considering my cold in mid-September. Mood and stress though have been an issue, particularly mood, most notably post holiday (expected) but also through the most part of September.

Training Blog: John O’Regan – November

I finished off last month with a mention of the Volcano Marathon in the Atacama desert in Chile and I’m happy to say it went quite well considering the conditions and the travel involved.The week before I departed for Chile the Volcano erupted and the day after I...

Training Blog: John O’Regan – October

John O’Regan is an Irish International Ultra Runner and Adventurer competing at all distances and over all terrain. He has raced on the 7 Continents but with training time being limited, to maximise his available time he monitors recovery by measuring HRV to determine future training sessions and intensity.

Training Blog: John O’Regan – September

John O’Regan is an Irish International Ultra Runner and Adventurer competing at all distances and over all terrain. He has raced on the 7 Continents and included the highest, lowest, hottest, coldest, most northern and most southern races in the world. Training time is limited and to maximise his available time he monitors recovery by measuring HRV to determine future training sessions and intensity. Each month he shares his ithlete HRV scores, training plans and realities with you here on the ithlete blog.

John O’Regan’s weekly HRV Training Diary

John O’Regan is an Irish International Ultra Runner and Adventurer competing at all distances and over all terrain. He has raced on the 7 Continents including the highest, lowest, hottest, coldest, most northern and most southern races in the world. Training time is limited and to maximise available time he monitors recovery by measuring HRV to determine future training sessions and intensity. Each week he is going to be sharing ithlete HRV scores, training plans and realities with you here on the ithlete blog.

John O’Regan’s weekly HRV Training Diary

Monday June 16.  HRV= 63 Green. Woke early enough to chance a pre breakfast run and took the opportunity to experience early morning Venice.  Unsure of where I was going but I had a loose idea of a general direction that should get me a loop of 8-10K.  Started off...

John O’Regan’s weekly HRV Training Diary

John O’Regan is an Irish International Ultra Runner and Adventurer competing at all distances and over all terrain. Training time is limited and to maximise available time he monitors recovery by measuring HRV to determine future training sessions and intensity. Read his training blog here:

John O’Regan’s weekly HRV Training Diary

John O’Regan is an Irish International Ultra Runner and Adventurer competing at all distances and over all terrain. Training time is limited and to maximise available time he monitors recovery by measuring HRV to determine future training sessions and intensity. Read his training blog here:

John O’Regan’s weekly HRV Training Diary

Monday May 26th.  HRV= 77 Green. A good start to the week except I couldn’t get out of bed for an early run as planned and knowing my lunchtime is busy it leaves the options limited.  Decided to run home but kept the pace easy. Plan for tomorrow is an early Gym...

John O’Regan’s weekly HRV Training Diary

Monday May 19th.  HRV= 69 Green. A good start to the week seeing as I’m recovering from a recent 50 Miler but I won’t get carried away and will ease back into training rather than push my luck.  Decided to head for the track after work and also use the opportunity to...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 12-18th May

Monday May 12th.  HRV= 71 Green. Taper time and a good start to the week, feeling rested but woke with the alarm.  I’m thinking that I’ll copy my training and routine from the lead into the World Run as best I can.  Easy 10K after work running to the Athletics Ireland...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 5-11th May

Monday May 05th.  HRV= 68 Green. An unexpected result after yesterday’s run but I won’t get carried away and muscle soreness will dictate the day.  Woke very early but resisted the urge to run before my drive home and stayed in bed a little bit longer to at least rest...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 21-27th April

Monday April 21st.  HRV= 65 Green. Woke without the alarm seeing as it’s a day off and pleasantly surprised at the high score.  Didn’t delay with getting ready nor did I rush and without thinking I was off out the door unsure of what was ahead and I’d let the first...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary to 14-20th April

Monday April 14th.  HRV= 59 Amber. An expected result for the day after the Marathon and surprised it isn’t lower as I feel like I have a dehydrated hangover caused by the condition’s yesterday.  Legs feeling relatively ok and apart from some slight discomfort in my...

London Marathon Sub 3hr Pacer John O’Regan week report

Monday April 07th  HRV 67 Green. A reasonable result after yesterday’s steady session and late night.  Feeling good but will take it easy today.  Easy lunchtime run of 7K staying slow and keeping an eye on HR which seemed than expected.  That’ll be all for today...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary to 1st April

Monday March 31st.  HRV 51 Amber. A much lower than expected result but I’m glad of it as it tells me that I worked hard yesterday.  Will take it easy today with the focus being on recovery and refuelling.  Easy lunchtime run of 8K at a leisurely pace and finished off...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 24-30th March

Monday March 24th.  HRV 66 Amber. A good result after yesterday’s effort as I was prepared for a Red.  Training continues as normal but today will be strictly recovery running being cautious after yesterday’s long run and the principle of stress / rest / adapt.  Easy...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 17-23rd March

Monday March 17th.  HRV 81 Green. A good start to the week and a great result to make the most of a Bank Holiday Monday.  Using the opportunity for some company to start the run my plan is a repeat of yesterday but I’ll be conscious of what I’ve already done and...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 10-16th March

Monday March 10th.  HRV 63 Green. A better start to the week than last Monday but still low enough considering the relatively easy week I’ve had.  My thoughts are I’m slightly fatigued from the weekend as the coaching course didn’t allow for sufficient recovery...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 3-9th March

Monday March 03rd.  HRV 56 Amber. Not a great start to the week but it’s a result that tells me I worked yesterday and I’ll take it.  Easy lunchtime recovery run of 8K keeping a close eye on my heart rate and slowing the pace if required to keep it low.  Don’t look...

John O’Regan’s Training Diary 24th Feb – 2nd March

Monday February 24th.  HRV 77 Green. Late to bed last night but a good result even though I’m feeling a little bit tired.  Went out at lunchtime with the intention of running close to Marathon pace but it seemed more of an effort than it should and the session became...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 17-23rd Feb

Monday February 17th.  HRV 71 Green. Went to bed late last night and woke with the alarm feeling tired but more than happy with HRV result.  Legs feeling a little bit stiff but nothing a short easy recovery run won’t sort and that’s the plan for today.  Legs feeling...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 10-16th Feb

Monday February 10th.  HRV 77 Green. Woke before the alarm even though it took a while to fall asleep last night as I think I was too awake going to bed.  A good result when compare with yesterday but still on the low side considering the easy weekend so I’ll be...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 3-9th Feb

Monday February 03rd  HRV 68 Amber. Late to bed last night and a few glasses of wine so there’s no surprises with this result.  Legs also feeling a bit stiff but that’s to be expected and nothing that a recovery run won’t fix. Plan for tomorrow is an early Gym session...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 27 Jan- 2 Feb

Monday January 27th.  HRV 78 Green. Late to bed last night but looks like I’m back on track.  Unsure of what to do today and that’s part laziness but just before lunchtime I got the opportunity to run with someone and took it.  Didn’t think about what I was doing and...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 20-26th Jan

Monday January 20th.  HRV 87 Green. Went to bed late last night and wasn’t expecting this result after yesterday but I’ll take it and the rest day I was half thinking of taking is now postponed.  Lunchtime easy to steady paced 11K with the pace getting progressively...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 13-19th Jan

Monday January 13th.  HRV 78 Green. Woke feeling tired but legs surprisingly fresh after yesterday’s long run.  Lunchtime recovery run at an easy slow pace with a low heart rate as I don’t want to push my luck just in case the long run has done any damage.  Finished...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary to 12th Jan

Monday December 30th.  HRV 66 White. Woke feeling tired after a long day so the low score isn’t a surprise.  Decided against running to work as the conditions are far from ideal and think I’d be better off with some extra recovery.  Finished early and used the...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 23-29th Dec

Monday December 23rd.  HRV 74 White. A great result but woke feeling tired and it was an effort getting out of bed.  Could hear the wind and rain outside while testing and decided to abandon my running commute even though the opportunity to make up for it might not be...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 16-22nd Dec

Monday December 16th.  HRV 51 Amber. Woke with a dehydrated head and I’m putting it down to my failing to fully recover after yesterday’s long run and having a late dinner with  2 glasses of wine.  Will retest later before deciding on whether to run or rest but more...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 9-15th Dec

Monday December 09th.  HRV 69 White. A good result after a long run and means I can continue as normal but a dental appointment this morning could change my plans.  Toothache is still an issue and because of a gum infection a necessary extraction will be delayed...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 18-24th Nov

Monday November 18th. HRV= 67 Red. Knew this was possible but of course was hoping for better, will take it easy today.  Dropped my son off at training and drove around to the Track to see what was going on and to observe and help if required.  This evening’s session...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 11-17th Nov

Monday November 11th. HRV= 72 White. Much lower than expected after a rest day and can feel my legs still a bit creaky even after resting yesterday, will take it easy today.  Short lunchtime run following the race route for Wednesday and included 6*1 min strides. ...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 4-10th Nov

Monday November 04th. HRV= 73 White. A good result after yesterday and took the opportunity to do a Steady lunchtime run of 11.2K.  Took it easy for rest of day and didn’t do a second run before the http://www.runinthedark.org/training/ online Q&A.   Stayed up...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 28-3rd Nov

Monday October 28th. HRV= 71 White. Much better than expected but feeling slightly hung over after a few drinks last night.  Decided to try out my new Hoka One One running shoes during my first Recovery run which gave the session some purpose.  Found this session very...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 21-27th Oct

Monday October 21st. HRV= 62 Amber Shouldn’t be surprised but didn’t expect such a low score as I’m feeling fairly ok but did feel a bit disorientated when the alarm went off.  Easy lunchtime run of 9K running by feel and keeping an eye on my heart rate.  Went for a...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 14-20th Oct

Monday October 14th. HRV= 85 Green. A good start to the week and hopefully my return to training.  Can feel some stiffness in my legs as a result of a tough enough weekend.  Had company for my lunchtime run but asked to do a shorter session as didn’t want to sacrifice...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 7-13th Oct

Monday October 07th. HRV= 59 Amber. Expected and this is alcohol related so I’m not too concerned and will correct it with today’s diet.  Took the opportunity for some company during a lunchtime run and just followed without making any suggestions to route / distance...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 30-7th Oct

Monday September 30th HRV= 62 White. A good jump since yesterday and shows signs of recovery but I know my legs are still repairing and I won’t rush back into normal training.  Went for an easy 5K after work and had a relaxing evening which included an online Q&A...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 16-29th Sept

Monday September 16th. HRV= 76 White. A good start to the week but I can feel the fatigue in my legs and some tightness around my ITB (illiotibal band) and have booked a massage for Thursday.  Easy lunchtime run of 8.5K and that’ll be all for today as I’ve an online...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 9-15th Sept

Monday September 09th HRV= 80 White. Another good result after a tough session which has me wondering if I need to start increasing the intensity. Not sure what to do today but got an offer of some company for a lunchtime run and just let it happen.  Started at a...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 2-8th Sept

Monday September 02nd. HRV= 71 White. A better than expected result and will try make the most of it.  Lunchtime run at a forced easy pace due to heavy legs but hopefully it’ll set me up for something later.  Busier than expected after work but made the most of a...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 26th-1st Sept

Monday August 26th. HRV= 69 White. A great result considering how I was feeling after yesterday’s long run.  Legs still feeling a little bit fatigued so I settled for an 8K recovery run at lunchtime.  Might leave it at that for today as I’m doing an online Q&A...

John O’Regan’s HRV Training Diary 12th-25th Aug

12th to 18th August Monday August 12th. HRV= 65 White. Perfect as I was expecting lower after yesterday’s long run.  I can feel some discomfort behind both my knees and I’m happy with that as it’s the pain from work rather than injury and knowing the difference comes...

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