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QT: Keep Your Summer Easy Runs Easy (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 286 released in July of 2016 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

I’m of the belief that heart rate training is the best way to make sure that your easy runs stay easy and that your hard runs are truly hard.

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If you remember back to my conversation with Matt Fitzgerald where we talked about 80/20 Running, we talked in depth about the importance of making sure that our easy runs are truly easy and our hard runs are truly hard. We also talked about how difficult it can be to determine our effort level in an objective manner, and that is where monitoring your heart rate comes into play.

To be clear, monitoring your heart rate doesn’t always paint a perfect picture regarding the amount of effort you are exerting, but it is typically a more objective measure than pace or perceived exertion. Read more

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: Digging Into the Basics of Heart Rate Training

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On the surface, the basics of heart rate training are pretty simple.

Keep your heart rate below a certain level, or within a certain zone, during your runs.

Understanding heart rate training, and especially wrapping your head around how running easier/slower most of the time is perhaps the best thing you can do to go faster on race day, is a bit less straightforward.

However you feel about heart rate training, understanding why it’s effective can help you move forward as a runner. Read more

Sam Gibbons Follows a Hybrid Athlete Approach to Running

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My guest today is someone that I recently connected with on social media.

He posts great content on health and fitness while constantly challenging his physical limits.

I look forward to going a few easy miles with Sam Gibbons today!

Sam Gibbons

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QT: There is No Such Thing as an Unproductive Run

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Every run has a purpose, right?

Of Course

If you head out the door for a mile or three or ten or whatever, there is a benefit.

Even if your Garmin has the nerve to tell you that your run was unproductive. Read more