Addressing the Forgotten Training Zone Most Runners Neglect

The holy grail of running is at your fingertips if you’re willing to uncover it.

David Liira, Kin.
Runner's Life

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Training in heart rate zones is all the rage among runners these days. Buzzwords like tempo, threshold, and VO2 max get thrown around, but I fear many athletes are simply using these terms without grasping the science behind them. While you don’t need to be an exercise physiologist to start training more effectively, it is important to understand how to push your body through intentional, strategic paces if you want to get the most out of your running.

If you’ve been in this community for a while, you’ve likely heard something along the lines of, “You must run slow to run fast!” While I do believe there is a lot of value and truth in these words, you can’t thrive on this philosophy alone. Sure, you can push your aerobic threshold while improving fat oxidation and overall endurance (not to mention that it’s great for maintaining higher mileage during base training), but this alone won’t help you run at your best. Furthermore, running beyond target race pace through tempo or interval sessions can be fun and stimulating, but this too isn’t enough to maximize your full potential.

So, what in the world are we missing?

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David Liira, Kin.
Runner's Life

Kinesiologist. Writing on health and the human condition. Clap and I clap back. https://www.davidliirakin.com