Back to the Track: M.A.F. #1
Maximum Aerobic Function Test #1 (Running)
I year ago today, I shuffled my way to a pathetic 13:27, only a few weeks recovered from pneumonia. Truly, I was starting from ZERO. It sucked. But I persevered with the Maffetone Method, and my fitness steadily improved, which led to a great summer of racing with no burn out like in past years.
But this year I have been worried.
I slacked off in the fall, quit racing, and got a little too serious about an “off season break.” The holidays interrupted a little, but I got in some nice runs. Then January came, time to start base training, but things fell apart. Huge work stress, a cold, and other assorted troubles conspired to make me miss too many days.
Last week I tried a MAF test on the track, but the results and feel were so off I knew I needed to retest this. I feared this season was over before it even started.
Then I had some encouraging signs:
- A great weekend long run
- A great informal MAF test that had a two minute improvement over recent times
- A good morning HRV score
So I knew it was time to hit the track on the same day that I started last year to see where I stood. I am over two minutes faster per mile than I was at this time last year (and a bit heavier, oops!) I wasn’t able to hit a MAF pace like today’s formally or informally, until late April of last season. So while I wasn’t able to maintain ALL my fitness from last year as I hoped, or build on it as I think you should be able to when training the low stress Maffetone way, it’s worked out pretty well.
But, I’ve been too much of a run specialist. Time to remember those other two sports that make up triathlon!