Everyone’s heard the fable of the tortoise and the hare. Most runner’s spend their hibernation months pacing Long Slow Distance runs. I even thought I understood and trained using heart rate pacing.
The rule of thumb is “if you can maintain a conversation, you’re heart rate is low enough to be considered HR training.”
I understood the “slow” part well-enough – I can run slow. The “steady” part seemed clear but was elusive-enough to prevent any tangible gains. Until, I had a coach that showed me what steady really means.
Steady = Consistent
Consistently running with my heart rate under 140bpm
Consistently running (almost) every day
Consistently challenging myself to be more efficient with every run
Consistently trusting my coach
– Committed to improvement.
– Dedicated to training.
I’m 20lbs lighter, running nearly 3 minutes faster per mile, swimming more efficiently, and my resting heart rate is now more of a reflection of my sleep patterns, rather than my overall health and fitness.
The road to Cedar Point is long but our travels are consistent.