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The Logic of Long Distance
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Welcome to all....hope this in some way can help you become happier, healthier runners.
Chenille, your best bet initially would be to use Maffetone's 180-age formula to keep yourself low enough to allow this to work.
Okay, after reading the posts and getting a feel for the subject matter, I have to say that I feel like a freak!
I can easily run at a HR of 155. That's an easy run for me. Comfortable breathing, easy pace, easy conversation. My resting heart rate the last time I check was 46-48. I am in pretty good cardiovascular shape. I do plyometrics with my husband once a week, and his heart rate easily gets up to 170 during our hour workout (he's in good shape) while mine rarely goes above 125. He has gone on long runs with me (he bikes next to me) and we talk throughout even when my HR is up around 165-170.
Do you see what I mean? A 9 min mile outside is pretty easy for me. If I were to run at only 130-140 my pace would be 10 min/mile+. Even on a treadmill (which is consistently harder for me to run) that pace feels like a pretty slow jog.
So do I pay more attention to RPE or my HR? If 155-160 is easy for me, should I keep running at that rate? I actually don't really use my HR to determine my pace; I go out and run whatever's comfortable. But over the year and a half I've had it I've come to notice the trends and patterns. I feel comfortable with my speeds, so do you really think I should slow it down?
Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." - Joe Henderson