ATC: New Study on Ultra Runners’ Health, Pros and Cons to Pose Running, Periodizing with MAF, Boulder 100, and More

January 23, 2015

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On this episode of Ask the Coaches:

  • New study on ultra runners looks at their health, injury rate and more.
  • How to know how long the long run should be for your running race (5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon); for shorter race = shorter long run? Or no? And how does this apply to a master’s athlete who’s looking to be extra nice on the body and not pound junk miles.
  • Can no longer hold MAF, and HR is way too high even when trying to run aerobically. What’s going on, and why we recommended getting a stress test, etc, to make sure health and wellness is prioritized.
  • MAF and weekly volume. Address the conflict between what Dr. Phil says in his Big Book of Endurance Training about athletes often not needing more than 12 hours a week of endurance training — presumably at MAF — and the general agreement in the endurance community that if you don’t train intensely (above MAF), then you need to train long.
  • Should you add bouts of intensity even if MAF focus is the goal, and when to start adding more intensity in your training and moving away from just MAF.
  • The Boulder 100, and Lucho on drinking beer (or lack thereof).
  • Our “pros and cons” to the Pose Running method.
  • Ragnar news from Lucho
  • and more!

One Comment

  • KenZ says:

    Regarding the guy with HR 60 bpm above MAF- I know you guys dismissed it, but if I were him I’d also buy a new HR strap and borrow a watch, pref not Garmin. I’ve seen all sorts of whacky jumps before, which have turned out to be either the end of the strap, or needing to replace the battery. Also logged whacky data on a Garmin with a strap that works well with a different Garmin model. Not saying don’t get a stress test, but don’t discount equip malfunction either!

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