Listener Q&A: March 2019

Don’t look now, but we are now almost 1/4 of the way through 2019!

Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are!

But don’t worry, before we close the book on Q1 of 2019, I’ve got some Qs to A! Read more

QT: One Year of Heart Rate Training; Good, Bad, and Ugly

My oh my!

Has it already been a year that I’ve been doing this whole heart rate training thing?

Time sure flies when you’re running slow!

Time Flies False

Ok, so maybe time doesn’t fly.

But it is hard to believe that it’s been a full year since I completely overhauled my diet and training philosophy for a year-long experiment.

The results? We will get to those in a moment. Read more

Quick Tip: Measuring Your Progress with Heart Rate Training the MAF Way

Admittedly, when you commit to heart rate training it can be difficult to feel like you’re making much progress.

No matter what the science says, and it’s pretty conclusive about the benefits of heart rate training, it can be tough to “see” much progress.

And let’s not kid ourselves, while science is great if we can’t see our own progress we start to wonder if any progress is actually happening. Read more

QT: Heart Rate Training FAQs After 3 Months of Running Easy

Back in November, I grabbed me a copy of Primal Endurance.

I had been toying with the idea of trying the low-carb diet/lifestyle and was curious how to do so while maintaining my running fitness.


While Primal Endurance does talk about the health benefits (and performance benefits) of avoiding all processed sugars, all grains, and all cheap oils, one thing I was not expecting was to learn so much about the value of heart rate training and how beneficial it is to train easy if you want your body to become proficient at burning fats for fuel.

When I finished the book, I knew I needed to try both slowing down and kicking the carbs out of my diet.

It’s now been a little over three months that I’ve basically done heart rate training exclusively, and the results are promising.

My experiment will continue at least until the end of 2018, but in just these first few months I’ve had a lot of folks ask me about my experience so far.

May as well answer the common questions for all of you then, eh?

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Running 80/20 Requires Patience

QT: An Honest Assessment After Running 80/20 for the Past Year

If you’ve been paying attention to anything I’ve been saying for the past year, you know that I’ve really embraced the idea of 80/20 Running.

80/20 Running, Running 80/20

80/20 Running

If you’re not familiar with running 80/20, it’s really pretty simple:

  • 80% of your training volume should be easy
  • 20% of your training volume should be moderate/hard

Like I said, simple right?

The Devil, as Always, is In the Details


Come on Phil…

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