Q&As with Amby Burfoot
Not had my 305 that long but have used it to PACE myself in a recent race. I set it up to display PACE and average PACE and did not use any alarms. Damn thing would drive me mad if I was trying to keep to an exact PACE, bound to be some ups and downs.
fantastic - I have been twiddling with a plan for a few days and it wrote it for me.
Didn't think it would do one for me as 5k takes me 46 minutes but it did - fab
I'm not really in agreement with the paces it offers me. Based off my 10k pb of 37:57 it tells me to do all my training runs (with exception of tempo and intervals) and 7:26 pace when training for a half marathon. I wouldn't dream of doing a 17 mile training run for a half marathon at 7:26 pace...!
It also puts the longest run a week before the race, and the training is identical whether I want a "tough" or "easy" training programme.
I used to train fast all the time and got injury after injury, so I'm a little worried others may succumb to the same if they follow this to the t...
marian, have a look at macmillan for the paces.................it has been established longer and gives a range. advice is to aim for the slower end of the range to start with and progress towards the faster end. the big benefit of smartcoach for me is the type of training.........the number of easy runs, when to do speed and tempo and to include one long run. this approach is similar to jack daniels. four of my weekly six runs are of 3 miles (constricted by lunch time) and i think i have been running them too quickly. my new plan is now - tempo run (5 miles on Monday), easy 3 miles Tuesday, speed intervals Wednesday (3 miles), form intervals Thursday (3 miles @ easy pace), easy three miles Friday and long run @ easy pace on Saturday (anything from 6 to 10 miles).
rach e - what's gobi's view on smartcoach?
Thank you for the tip, the site is great will work on this - thanks again.
it's the smartcoach schedule on here for a 10 mile race based upon my time in a 6 mile race. the schedule lasts 16 weeks. i aim to use the schedule to plan the different types of run: easy*3, speed*1, tempo*1 and long *1 each week: and the distances but i am using macmillan to work out the speed ranges.
at the moment i am racing each weekend and so it's difficult to stick with a schedule but the long, easy, interval and tempo sessions seem to follow the jack daniels approach.
i was just following up on a comment that you made about the smartcoach schedule being "Rapid path to injury looking at the way it organises long runs and predicts pacing" but if i am using macmillan for paces maybe it's not such a big deal.
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