ATU: Get Creative with Speed Work this Winter, Should Ultra Runners Always Stay at Aerobic Threshold, And More

February 7, 2013

In this episode of ATU Lucho joins to answer your questions on should you do LT work in the final 8 weeks before a marathon, possible reasons and advice for major cramping during half-marys and marathons, Lucho’s take on Dr. Maffetone saying that ultra runners NEVER need to go above aerobic threshold, should you taper the bike as well before a marathon, strategy for attacking a 50-miler, when do you add 5 beats to MAF HR, how do you know when you’re MAF fit, does MAF get harder or easier, workouts to increase speed, alternatives to the track for speed work, thoughts on the idea that more ultra folks are not periodizing their seasons, and more.

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Comments (4)

  • Lance says:

    Thanks for all the discussion on MAF and Maffetone’s training philosophy. I was inspired to try his methods after hearing Ben interview him and reading his book. It’s been great, but I still have questions periodically, so it great to have Lucho and Tawnee hash it out for me. Keep up the great work!

  • Mike says:

    Most consistently informative podcast on the Internet! Seriously!

  • Lucho says:

    Thanks for the good word guys!

  • Tony H. says:

    Hey Lucho and Tawnee- love the podcast!
    I have a question but am not sure if this is the right forum.

    I often hear that the biggest mistake is to go too fast on your easy days and too easy on your fast days. How does this jive with the maf approach? Tia..

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