Category: Training

Perceived Exertion, Talk Tests, and Running Naked

Whenever thinking about heart rate training or training by pace, it is important to consider training by perceived exertion and running naked. “Running Naked” — with no equipment — and “streaking” — running at least one mile a day every day for extended periods of time — are terms being used lately as headlines for getting snickers, but there is an actual point.

Heartrate Training & Head Spinning

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Heart Rate training. What is it? This is one of the ultimate decisions a runner may make when starting a training plan or training cycle. 

There are two basic methods of training for runners who track their data, training by heart rate and training by pace. The heart rate training method uses biofeedback to determine effort and the runner trains accordingly.

As a result, runners using this method completely ignore pace. By ignoring pace and going by heart rate, they will be running by a set effort. This offers the ability to train at a set effort level consistently, but the results will fluctuate based on how a runner feels that day. It helps take in consideration factors like lack of sleep, diet, weather conditions, stress and more. So a runner who gets a full night sleep and is feeling well may run a pace of 8 minutes per mile on a run. The next day, they may be short on sleep, and it is warm out. They may run an average of 8:20 minutes per mile at the exact same heart rate.

Changing Gait

It has been five years since the book Born to Run was released and sent a tidal wave through the running industry. While it is a great book with fascinating characters and engaging stories, it’s probably best know as the barefoot running book. Or the book that launched the minimalist movement into the limelight. 

While minimalism has slowed down as of late, it is still a greatly discussed topic.  The idea is that modern running shoes caused runners to be injured because there was too much too them. Minimalism is the backlash. It is being used as a method to assist runners to correct their form by fixing their stride.

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