What following is a transcript from the Run Faster Podcast. Thank you Jim – the four questions you sent were great and no doubt questions other readers and listeners have had. Click here to download a PDF of the podcast.
Hello, this is Jay Johnson and welcome to the Run Faster podcast. Today is a Q&A, so if you don’t like Q&As, you can fast forward. If you do like Q&As, that’s great. I hope you’ll enjoy this and that means that there’s no guest today. It’s just you and I. Okay? Four questions came from a reader. Jim. This was in response to a newsletter and I really appreciate these questions.
They’re rooted in a really good understanding of the information I’ve been putting out via the newsletters. I believe Jim has read Simple Marathon Training. If he hasn’t, I would be surprised given that these questions are in some ways rooted in the information in that book. I am going to come back to Simple Marathon Training at the end of this podcast in a little bit of a plug but more, and I’ll use this as an example.
I’m working with a couple new people who aren’t running the marathon and yet all of the things I believe in that apply to distance running, whether you’re a high school athlete training for the 1,600m or you’re an adult training for ultra marathons, it’s still the crux of it is in the Simple Marathon Training book. The marathon training is obviously different in that the focus on the long run and needing to utilize fat is important.
Okay, but I digress.
Here’s the four questions and we’ll see if you’re interested in listening further.
First question. ‘Do you always prescribe minutes to even advanced runners? If so, why?’
Second question. ‘Can you run your easy days too easy?’
Third question. ‘During your fundamental phase, do you see value in hill sprints as well?’
Forth question. ‘During your fundamental phase, do you see value in starting to progress a moderate speed long run in distance to prepare for marathon-specific training?’ [Read more…]