Are you ready for a monster discussion on base training, the Maffetone Method, and more training geekery? Base Training Running. I definitely am – and this. Dr. Maffetone’s unique training system for champions proves that the kinder, gentler approach actually works the best. This fitness regimen has worked for. For 30 days I have followed the Maffetone Method, building my aerobic base by slowing down and focusing on low heart rate running and.

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The biggest concern, issue, road block for many runners is that in the initial stages month 1 they often have to slow their pace dramatically to stay within the prescribed heart rate.

I rarely ran over 9: Subtract your age 3.

Maffetone Method – Low Heart Rate Marathon Plan – RunToTheFinish

Learn more about the benefits low heart rate training. Each mile should be slower than the previous mile 5. Then Wednesday I ran twice as far, but even faster, running 10 miles at I plan naffetone follow MAF through February and naffetone what the results look like in 2 upcoming half marathons. Second, it enables you to run, bike or perform other activities faster over time weeks and monthsall while remaining mtehod the same training heart rate.

In a bizarre twist, I am actually running faster than my usual easy runs to get my heart rate high enough!! I had to start running fewer miles as fatigue increased and those runs got harder. When I cut carbs, my running immediately got even slower. I also have experimented with running in fasted states, completing workouts with no food for the last hours.

LHR Training Revisited with MAF Method

View my full privacy and review policy. Second, it enables you to run, bike or perform other activities faster over time weeks and monthsall while remaining at the same training heart rate. My very 1st Maffetone Method run was 11 miles at Beyond the running component, Maffetone is focused on whole body health and while his program certainly leads to faster runner over time for many his main goal is healthy long term running.


As the hot summer arrives in Alabama, I know that most of my runs the next few months will be a struggle, and it will be hard to keep my heart rate down in the heat, leading to more walking and slower paces than I would prefer. Run as close to your target heart rate as you can for the entire test 4. The first few runs were around this range, and then I added the Primal Diet.

I plan to continue using it for this coming race season. All opinions, tips and reviews are based upon my personal life experience and the experiences of those around me.

A week before I started the Maffetone MethodI ran a couple of mile runs in the 8: Amanda Brooks is an long time distance runner with a passion of every facet of running, which leads her to do more reading, research and running than necessary.

View my full privacy and review policy. Train slower to go faster? LHR training during the Florida summer is rough. About Amanda Brooks Amanda Brooks is an long time distance runner with a passion of every facet of running, which leads her to do more reading, research and running than necessary.

Other ways to connect with Amanda Instagram: The experience has brought me to the harsh realization that, despite running thousands of miles, 3 marathons and countless long runs over the last 2 years, my aerobic fitness is vastly underdeveloped for someone who runs this much.

Psychologically I needed that breakthrough last week to keep my motivated and to build my confidence in this whole process. It is not training in multiple zones, this is maffstone at maftetone base low heart rate.

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Improve speed while maintaining HR which is most efficient for utilizing fat as fuel, recovery and overall bodily stress. As someone who has had some success at local road racing the last couple years, always finishing in the top 10 overall and top for my age group in any race under 10 miles, it is difficult to keep my focus only on running slow and easy and never testing myself with speed sessions or even just running the last mile hard to end a workout.


I think this style of running benefits tremendously from a Maffetone Method coach. Like a 3 hour movie that could be 2 hours, this book is good…but redundant. It also helps to shed some pounds.

Adjust number using the following: For 30 days I have run with my heart rate at or under BPM. Is utilizing LHR something that might help you become a better runner? It reminded me that running this slow does not have to last forever, and if I stick with it my paces will come back down eventually. My next few double digit runs went like this… 11 miles at While carbs were mostly non-existant in my diet, my body was struggling.

This is an update of post to share my results from then and now a few years later! I shared my initial results while training for t he NYC marathonbut as noted I went off track and did my own thing the last month. Find all the tips, tricks and tools you need from this running coach for your best injury free running.

30 Days of Low Heart Rate Running (Maffetone Method)

However, it might be worth adding to the beginning of a training cycle as base building. The breakthrough did not come on Monday as I ran 6. The Maffetone Method helps you take charge of your own health and fitness—and succeed. I decided to maintain the faster paces and higher heart rate, which helped me PR…but I wondered could I have done more?

The weather was a major factor, as was my sleep and diet, but obviously I matfetone starting to show signs of some increased aerobic fitness too.