The Village Velodrome Appreciation Society

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

32 minutes... was meant to be 38, but I ran too fast. I was floating. (Sorry Mr. Lacey - I know I'm not meant to go fast - got a bit carried away). Foot was OK.

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At 10:02 am, Blogger Stephen Lacey said...

The difficult thing is that now that it's cooler there aren't as many natural brakes on the system. The Lydiard approach to base building (in the early phase) is to run a pace that is about as fast as you can go for 8 to 12 km but can fully recover from to do it all again the next day. This is a really key concept; the ability to be recovered to do the same thing the next day and the next, and the next. Ingo tried to find this pace by running 28 days straight earlier in the year. But he put more emphasis on the "as fast as you can" and did not adequately consider the "and be fully recovered by the next day" and ended up with some injuries. Lydiard exponents also say "train don't strain". Meaning that you shouldn't be pushing yourself into the red in your runs. The fact you ran 32 minutes instead of 40 sounds like you ran a fixed course. It would probably be better that you run to a fixed time, i.e. 40 minutes. If it means running 500 m past your house and then back again to get to the time, that's OK. Knowing that you have to keep going for a set amount of time might help you stay with a steady pace. Anyway, it's good to hear that the foot felt OK.


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