If I told you that I could shave at least 5 minutes off your next marathon with 30 minutes of work, would you believe me?
The catch is that you have to show me how you can do it.
If you’ve made the jump from caveman exercise (ie. a basic watch) chances are you own a heart rate monitor. This is a great tool that can help you train more efficiently.
After a few runs, you probably notice different heart rates mean different intensities. An easy run may result in a average heart rate of say, 150. A hilly run could be, 165. An intense mile interval could be 180. Gauging your efforts is a great way to build a training plan.
What your heart rates will not show you is how your body is reacting physiologically, so the inner workings of you, to your training.
Inside your body, energy is being used to keep you moving. When intensities are high, an energy switch happens. You start to burn carbohydrates (short term fuel) instead of fat (long term fuel). At this intensity, you will eventually be forced to slowdown. Where this Transition Point is determines how you race.
Improving your ability to burn fat is the key for an endurace athlete. A simple lactate test can accurately measure where your running needs work.
Get tested and set that new personal best this fall.