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QT: Hard Workouts and Race Paces when Heart Rate Training

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To reap the benefits of heart rate training, you need to commit to doing most of your runs easy.

Obviously

With the key word there being most.

Every once in a while, dropping the hammer and pushing hard is a key piece of the puzzle.

Sometimes that’s a hard workout. Other times, it’s race day.

But determining how hard to go? When you’ve been running easy the majority of your miles?

That’s not always as easy as it might seem. Read more

QT: Should You Focus on Effort, Not Pace, for Speed Workouts?


When you go into a speed workout, how do you decide how fast to hit the hard intervals?

Hmm

Maybe you try to get a feel for goal pace for an upcoming race.

Or you aim for your current PR pace plus or minus a few seconds.

Maybe you just try to hit whatever paces your coach puts on your plan.

What about going into a workout with no idea how fast you’re going to go? Read more