If you're following the HADD method do you do these two 80% runs from the very start? Isn't that spoiling all the gains from the low HR training - or are these basically recovery runs then?
My ambition is running a marathon at a low HR but posting what I'd consider a decent time for me (3:45 - 4). Currently I'm a long way off that - on my runs under 70% I'm running at about 11 minute miles but I'm not really applying any science or method to it really, just keeping the HR low.
This is a great discusion. I understand the basics of base and HADD training but what I don't quite grasp is the next stage up.
After establishing base, when we train for a race do we just put all these easy, low HR runs to one side and do the same mix of Speedwork/Tempos etc as we might have done anyway - or do some of the disciplines continue? Also what would happen if instead of including higher HR (anaerobic) runs in our training schedule leading up to a marathon we just stuck to low HR training - would that mean one would only be capable of running a marathon in the aerobic range?
From what I can understand running a marathon at low HR/aerobic range makes more sense as we're burning fat rather than glycogen. Is this right?
Your story is much like mine. Unfinished business for me too.
My last mara was Brighton 2011 and I got injured a month into training and arrived at the start line in pretty bad shape - ended up having to adopt run-walk strategy and necking Nurofen. This time round target No.1 is to arrive at Preston Park pain-free.
I'm putting previous injuries down to too much speedwork too early. This time round I'm gonna start in October and build up milage slowly.