See how our Polar marathon runners are getting on with training | Women's Running

See how our Polar marathon runners are getting on with training

Read Time:   |  August 31, 2021

In June we ran a competition with our friends at Polar to give ten of you expert marathon coaching. This month, we find out how they're getting on with their training, including Polar's Training Load Pro feature

This month, Polar and Women’s Running marathon training package winners have focused on optimising Polar’s Training Load Pro™ feature, which gives detailed insights into how training sessions strain the body.

When training to reach a specific goal, the key is the balance between the different types of training and rest. Training Load Pro™ helps people to understand how their training sessions strain the different systems of the body, so they’ll know whether they’ve been training correctly.

This month our runners are learning about how their training is affects their bodies, enabling them to keep their first-class training with Nick productive, whilst improving their overall training performance.

Nick Anderson, Polar Head of Endurance, tells us how Polar’s Training Load Pro is assisting the runners in their bespoke training plans.

“Training Load Pro gives you a training load for three different loads when measuring how strained you are from training. Training Load Pro has given the runner’s reassurance by providing measurement data concerning all key factors that can affect their training, presenting personal detailed information about their body and whether to rest or continue. When training for a marathon, you can be unsure as to whether you are training correctly, however this data is utilised for each runner individually on a case-by-case basis to provide crucial insights into the runner’s progression.”

Let’s see how the winners are getting on so far…

Alice

What have you learnt about over and under training?
“Overtraining can cause performance to plateau or decrease rather than improve. It can have less strength, agility, and endurance, which makes it more difficult to reach your training goals. Overtraining can also slow your reaction time and running speed. Always good to maintain a balance.”

Amy

What have you learnt about over and under training?
“I have learnt that following a plan and using prompts from the watch is the most effective way to get the most out of all planned sessions. Following the plan also ensures that you do not overtrain and end up running out of steam.”

What benefits have you experienced since utilising Training Load Pro on your Vantage M2 with Polar?
Despite running every day, I feel well-rested because I am listening to the training plan on my watch and not overdoing the easy sessions.

 

Felicity

What have you learnt about over and under training?
“The Training Load stats on the Polar Flow app are helping me to keep track of when my training is Productive, Maintaining or if I’m at risk of Detraining. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on this to make sure I’m not Overtraining at any point too, to lower the risk of injury.”

What benefits have you experienced since utilising Training Load Pro on your Vantage M2 with Polar?
“This has helped to keep me motivated, with the incentive to stay in the ‘Productive’ zone. It also showed me that on previous rest weeks I might not have been doing enough gentle exercise to help maintain my fitness through to the next block of training.”

Finola

What have you learnt about over and under training?
“For me, it’s the flags about overtraining that has prompted me to listen to my body more and have a rest day if I’m tired.”

What benefits have you experienced since utilising Training Load Pro on your Vantage M2 with Polar?
“It’s helped me to see where I’ve pushed myself too hard, and also where I can make more of an effort. This has helped me with my intervals and long runs.”

Poppy

What have you learnt about over and under training? “It’s all about consistency for me and knowing how my heart rate zones work help massively.”

Sabrina

What have you learnt about over and under training?
“I now make sure to keep easy runs easy and no longer put pressure on myself.”

What benefits have you experienced since utilising Training Load Pro on your Vantage M2 with Polar?
“I am less afraid to push myself and it gives me a boost of confidence.”

Sophie

What have you learnt about over and under training?
“I think I’ve learnt how it’s not just the training load – but how other factors such as sleep can affect your performance and recovery. Similarly hearing how the cardio load compared to the muscle load was fascinating.”

What benefits have you experienced since utilising Training Load Pro on your Vantage M2 with Polar?
“The training load section on the watch is helpful and it makes me feel like I am on the right track when I’m in the ‘productive zone’. Looking further at the cardio load reports on Polar Flow it’s good to see the overall pattern of how the cardio load is building up over time. Having the training load and sleep linked to the fit spark suggestions is useful and it’s great to find little workouts and suggestions there. ”

Sarah

What have you learnt about over and under training? “I don’t think I have been training on this program long enough to fully see the impact of either of these things, but I do feel I am now far more in tune with whether my body is rested and can be pushed effectively in training and whether I need to just take some time to stretch, mobilise and recover…..consistency is key for me though, so making sure I get the training in each week, even if that means sifting my days to make things work when I am not as busy.”

Trina

What have you learnt about over and under training?  “Overtraining can lead to more fatigue and injury. Under training can make you feel like you cannot do your workout.”

What benefits have you experienced since utilising Training Load Pro on your Vantage M2 with Polar?
“I am starting to understand the training load a bit better and reading more into it. When we had the online training from Polar, I asked about the data in the training load, which was helpful. I now look at this data after my runs.”

Nick Anderson, Head of Endurance at Polar, shares his thoughts and advice on how the runners are getting on:

How do you think it’s going with the runners so far?
“In the primary stages of meeting the runners and commencing the initial training, nerves and fear factor were apparent before beginning the programme. Now, some weeks in, the runners have overcome the daunting feeling of their personal goals and confidence levels are building! The runners can see and feel an improvement in their fitness, and all are presenting a sense of belief that their bespoke targets can be achieved.”

Why is it important to monitor your training loads when marathon training?
“When you train for a marathon, the different systems of your body get strained. With Training Load Pro, you get a holistic view of how your training sessions strain these different systems and how it affects your performance. Training Load Pro gives you a training load for both your cardiovascular and your musculoskeletal system (Cardio Load and Muscle Load), and with Perceived Load, you can rate how strained you feel. Training Load Pro allows you to monitor your training-induced strain session-by-session and in the long-term, essential for marathon training.”

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Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

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