Re: Benefits of running a long run slow

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danm wrote:
The reason a HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) is so crucial today for some one like Randy (and I am sure if Lydiard had access to this tool he would have undoubtedly used it) is that you don’t have a coach who can stand next to the edge of a track while you run laps and prick your finger and take blood samples to find out your lactate levels. But you can get the point at which your LT level spikes from the comfortable 2mmol level (where you can run a marathon) to 4mmol and up.

Lydiard has access to HRMs now and I have never heard of him using or even suggesting that one should use them. My bet is he would have undoubtedly said that they are not needed. As for not having access to a lab, you don’t need access to a lab or a HRM to train effectively just because you don’t have someone to prick your finger. Just as some people say with things like walking breaks or other things like that, when I see a significant number of elites using them, I’ll consider them. As of now, almost none use them and that should tell us something about the need for them.