Is anyone still training like this and how is the training going?
I have been doing all my long runs and recovery runs at 70% WHR. For my Tempo and LT runs I have running at a pace prescribed by the McMillian Pace Calculator based upon actual race times (and predicted marathon time from my half time).
Ran Leicester marathon in just over 3 hour 9 minutes.
I would say that it does work but running at 70% WHR will only get you so far.
Impressive time for the marathon.
What you are saying is what I have heard too. I have been using HR monitor training for my base training. The formula was slightly different to John L Parker but it has only worked out a few bpm difference for steady runs. Which was all I did for three months apart from races. I got some decent results. I have just started to use John L Parkers method with one long run, one tempo run (above 85%) and three to four easy runs per week. I think just adding a tempo run each week will probably make a difference after the base training.
I have heard alot about Mcmillian pace calculator, it s seems a popular way to train, how have you found it? Iam debating using that or hr training at the moment.
I don't run any races less than 10 miles. Therefore, when I had to do Tempo runs and Intervals at 10k or 5k pace I didn't have any real clue at what pace I should be running at. McMillian gave me the answers.
Just for the record the McMillian calculator had my Marathon predicted time as 3:09:28......I managed 3:09:20. Can't get much closer than that.
I was running 70 miles a week to acheive my 3.09.20 with midweek runs of 12 and 15 miles, not to mention 17 to 21 at the weekend. So, my stamina was greatly improved too.
The heart rate training certainly helps me to training effectively on every run.
There's a copy of the John L. Parker book `Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot' available on ebay. Might be a cheaper option than amazon!
BR - are you the person selling it?
No it's mine, listed under BR's ebay account as I don't have one.
Obviously not allowed to advertise on here
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