Training structure and planning

Personal best training program

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Moderate starts, consistent pacing, and negative splits can carry you to new PBs On August 22, Daniel Komen set a new world record for the 5K with an incredible time of 12:39.74 (that’s a dizzying pace of 60.76 seconds per 400 metres – and 4:05 per mile). On the same day, Paul Tergat put up... MORE

Lactate threshold heart rate

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A question of distance, and how to work out your lactate threshold heart rate Continuing our occasional series, we answer questions from two PP subscribers. The first is Timothy Kirk of Worcester, who writes:  ‘At the 400-metre track where I work out, we are not allowed to use the first lane – to prevent overuse... MORE

Rowing machine training

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Our veteran rower moves into the third stage of his record-breaking programme April 1996 saw a change in routine to a more Anaerobic Threshold (AT) set-up to let my body deal with Lactate Transportation (LT) more effectively. LT and L conversion to energy (glycogen) via the liver may be the most important thing for the... MORE

Month-by-month rowing training

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Here’s the start of a month-by-month rowing programme which led to two world records In the August issue of PP we featured the remarkable story of Noel Frost, who starting from scratch at the age of 56 won a gold medal at the UK 2000m indoor rowing championships in November 1995. At the time he... MORE

Improve heart rate recovery

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How to use biofeedback to improve your heart rate recovery times – and, ultimately, your performance. For all endurance athletes operating near or at their peak, the difference between the winners and the also-rans is in the mind. This article will discuss mental techniques that anyone can use to ensure they are more often in... MORE

Performance secrets

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This new research suggests that sometimes the most important thing is what you DON’T do Scientific research which evaluates the merits of different types of training for distance runners comes along about as often as sub-2:08 marathons, so when a high-quality, practical new training study is published in a scientific journal, we at PP grab... MORE

Sub 4 minute mile training programme

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Here’s a training programme designed to crack the ultimate goal Although a man of 40 years of age, Eamonn Coghlan, has run a mile in under four minutes, achieving this feat is still a major accomplishment denied to tens of thousands of other athletes. First breaks into this domain have been unexpectedly spectacular. Some runners... MORE

Training plan: monitoring your training intensity

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Quantifying the training load of athletes in the ever-faithful training diary has always been of great importance to coaches. But according to Alan Ruddock, without some kind of record of the body’s physiological response to exercise, it’s hard to really assess an athlete’s condition.  Measuring an athlete’s training load through physiological monitoring provides the opportunity... MORE


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