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Making sure I don’t forget the details.

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So I got myself unto page 100 in one reading session.  Doesn’t happen often.  But I found the book rather absorbing.

I checked out the discussion on VDOT tables, and how it is used to based current training on.  Interesting that my LSD runs are usually at 10 when I’m with new runners–which is predictive for a 4 hour marathon, and at 9 when I’m by myself–which is predictive for a 3:30 marathon or where I should be.  He does go on to say that variables during a race will affect your final time, so its best to expect it.

The suggested pace at my current VDOT level at each lower distance seem to be right around my comfort zone.  JD suggest also that moving from one VDOT level to the next should never be rushed–it can occur about every 4-6 weeks at each level, and only move up when ready.

He makes the case that even though his tables are based on getting numbers from his numerous test subjects, one should never be too quick to apply a level as if anything generic should fit each time.  He suggests that enough base building is necessary to allow the body to work at optimal levels later on.

Okay, I can see why people get injured following this book.  Runners are Type A individuals, and if you somehow suggest that he should be running at such distance at such pace to achieve a certain time–guess what, that’s what a Type A would do.

His suggestions about training within the different paces based on the VDOT makes sense; if you push too hard, you will overtrain.  He also said something that struck a chord in me–he said that marathoners should be doing anywhere between 70-120 miles per week to run the marathon well.  Interesting.  But he did say you have to build up to it after a very long time.

Everything he says in the first 100 pages seem very logical to me.  It doesn’t contradict what I know from experience and other instruction.

More later…

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