Look guys, we have strayed from the main topic here and I apologize for adding to it. But precisely to the point, a runner like Randy, while trying to improve his marathon time would benefit from the use of an HRM to help guide him thru specific training paces.
His exact questions about wanting to know whether he should run his long run paces at 60 to 90 sec slower than MP could be answered by using an HRM to learn where and at what levels he accumulates lactic acid. Learning to use fat as a fuel and the pace in which this occurs is in direct correlation to the LT type test readings he could get from a monitor.
Who wouldn’t want to know this information?!!
Randy seems to be the type of person who is curious and is seeking out knowledge about the sport. Perhaps hrm/LT training isn’t for Randy or Ryan or magpie. But the honest to goodness truth is one can use the tool to know exactly what pace to run come marathon race day if used correctly during training.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, you can run a great marathon with nothing but the shoes on your feet and the time you put in them.
I used to be the biggest non-believer about HRM’s in the world! And if anyone were to ask me if it has made training any easier I’d say they were a fool. It has made me have to work harder than I have ever worked in my life at the sport. But the HRM coupled with the information I have been privy to has had a profound, enlightening effect on my running. I know exactly what is happening to my body at every phase, speed and distance I run. Most runners do not.
Ryan you have a decent understanding of the training principles but I doubt you have an understanding of the scientific reasons for what exactly is happening to your body just by feel. It is fine to develop your own plan by piecing together a training formula from what you feel is right about many different training philosophies. But to me that is like taking the longest route to the goal. Why not take the shortest route and know precisely where you are fitness-wise during every phase? To me, the longest route is absurd.
I have had the good fortune to be under the guidance of someone who can tell me what is happening and why. I will not claim that I will necessarily be hugely faster come Chicago in the fall but I will walk up to the line knowing without a doubt how I will run that day.
And I think it is that knowledge that Randy is seeking. With LT training there are no surprises.