for the monitor, I would have kept going at the slower pace, as I'd always done."Oliner's experience is a classic example of how runners can benefit from advances in technology. Once considered something that only hard-core professional athletes would use, heart
, but your new training paces might come as a surprise too. Before you get started, work out the right benchmarks to work towards by finding your maximum heart rate. If you're a complete beginner, start off with this very approximate formula: 214 - (0.8 x
and then decelerate for 20m. Lengthen repeats Elite tweak Coach Greg McMillan (mcmillanrunning.com) recommends repeats that total approximate goal race distance at goal race pace. This works your VO2 max and lactate threshold. If you're running a 10K, try three lots
at the end. You need to get up to race pace earlier on and stay there. The key thing is to get your warm-up strategy right and include some faster 200m sections where you take longer strides to drive your heart rate higher. Practise your warm-up routine
their running to the next level."PRE-STARTIt's now that the pre-race nerves kick in. But it's not just your incessant back-and-forth pacing that's sapping vital energy stores – sizing up the competition and playing your mile-by-mile strategy on a mental loop can
as you adapt.See full threadTrain better with friends: try 'shuttle' runningLizzy B -If someone who is naturally faster than you wants to come along for your slower sessions, don't feel you have to go at their pace. When I run with someone faster than me
I've ticked most of the 'must-do' boxes in my 20 years of running, from 5Ks to marathons, a multi-day event and even a night run. But I've never raced a mile, attempted cross-country or donned fancy dress. Nor have I run a European city marathon or braved a fell race. "Many of us...
-than-mile pace Rest 3M inc 200m at estimated mile pace, then 200m jog; then 400m at mile pace; then 400m jog; then 400m at mile pace Rest 25 mins easy with 4 x 100m strides at slower than mile pace 45 mins slowWEEK 2 Rest 4M inc 7 x 100m strides, each faster than
are some classic sessions that are ideal for preparing yourself both physically and mentally for the demands of certain distances. They give you a feel for the race pace and simulate the demands of the event, and, because they should be done at race pace
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