Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Boring blogging for the next month

I knew winter would get the best of me. All the best intentions in the fall can't overcome the lack of desire which comes this time of year.

I decided (after much reading) to switch to strictly low HR training for the next two months. (Thanks Adam for the links on your blog).

Although I have been a runner most of my life, I don't think I have run intentionally at a such a low heart rate for long periods of time (distance, and days).

On a good note, we are going to down to visit my parents in south Carolina for most of February, so I get to have a little sun and warmth.

My plans for the next month are 50-70 miles per week, max HR 149.

In hindsight, my best years did have late winter/early spring running at easy paces. I did not make much progress following the "typical" marathon training plans. I always started them with a strong "base", but maybe not. I will evaluate in early/mid March to see how long I will extend it.

The first 20 at the HR will be interesting. I will probably have to run halfway around Hilton Head Island.

right now 6.5 mhp is where that HR lands. 3:15 20 mile run will be tough mentally, but at least it won't be on the dreadmill.


keith said...

Adam converted you? Interesting...I can tell you it is really challenging to stay under that low HR number. I couldn't run with anyone and stay below that magic number - I don't even know if I'd be able to now.

Good luck with it! Have fun in SC.

SteveQ said...

I went over all the low HR stuff again and was a little surprised that Stu Mittleman's book suggests training heart rates that are about what I do. The only difference seems to be periodization - I don't believe in training one way exclusively at any time, as it leads me to injuries when I try to add something later.

aharmer said...

Keith, wish I could take credit. If matt decided to do low-HR training because of me it was indirect influence. Of course I do believe it will help your running. I'd like to see you do a Hadd test this week and then again in two months...would you be willing to humor me? If so let's discuss the details on email.