Posted: Yesterday at 22:39
I hear you Dr Dan. I've just spent the last 3 months flogging myself stupid with 2 lots of intervals a week (one short at 5k pace, one long at 10k pace) plus one long tempo, plus a marathon length LR. 60 miles a week in pursuit of a 4 minute PB at the Half. Result? 60 seconds PB. That sucks.
Last year I did (almost) pure Hadd and achieved a 9 minute PB at the same Half.
The comparison is not entirely fair as the 9 minute gain was off a soft old Half PB, but I have come to the following conclusions:
(1) I am FT and love intervals, but they are useless for me in mara training - in fact they didn't help much with the Half either.
(2) I've never really given "pure Hadd" a proper go - I have always drifted back to P&D at some point in the cycle.
(3) The intervals and tempos interrupted my aerobic conditioning - I ran my Half in March at a 3% higher HR but only 5 seconds a mile faster pace. I can take more pain now but that's a poor pay-off.
(4) So now I'm looking at a 25 week pure Hadd with no phase II. Jack the miles back up to 75 a week and do nothing faster than the subLTs. (Plural: Two a week).
I hope to find that, as an FT, I'll not only break 3:30 in October but break the 1:30 Half en route in September. But don't hold your breath...LOL