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

Subtract your age 3. My shorter runs were also falling in the One thing I have really liked about this whole low carb, low heart rate transition is that it has opened my eyes to how different things affect my heart rate, therefore affecting the way I feel and perform during runs.

These have been macfetone slow miles, much slower than I am used to running. Graphic designed by FreePik. 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.

Maffetone Method – Low Heart Rate Marathon Plan

So with the Maffetone MethodI hope to take a step back and reboot my long-term fitness training as I also focus on long-term dietary changes and natural, healthy eating. In just a week my pace increased over 2 minutes per mile at the same heart rate on the same running terrain. Train slower to go faster? This is an update of post to share my results from then and now a few years later!


If they get slower during a session that is a sign to back off intensity or total work load in the coming weeks. Your times should consistently improve.

So, this removes gels and sugary drinks from your run nutrition. I also have experimented with running in fasted states, completing methhod with no food for the last hours. The next day on Thursday I ran 10 miles again, this time at 9: I got decent sleep for a few days.

Maffetone Method – Low Heart Rate Marathon Plan – RunToTheFinish

Things were starting to feel really good for a breakthrough week. After I moved from Indiana to Alabama, gained weight and struggled with the heat, humidity and hills here, I was running many of my miles in the 8: After 3 months, I fretted about the lack of marathon pace miles, mentally I needed those runs. Would you be willing to slow down to get faster? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Like a 3 hour movie that could be 2 hours, this book is good…but redundant. Then Wednesday I ran twice as far, but even faster, running 10 miles at This is great for getting faster, but my legs are sore!

But last week I got a glimpse of how this can pay off in a few months.

How often do you pay attention to heart rate? 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.

Do you struggle to recover from long workouts? If you are someone who enjoys speed workouts or a lot of variety then metbod MAF method will likely bore you to tears.

I think this style of running benefits tremendously from a Maffetone Method coach. I rarely ran over 9: Run as close to your target heart rate as you can for the entire test 4. The Maffetone Method helps you take charge of your own health and fitness—and maffetohe. Sleep is another major maffetonr, and my workouts went significantly better after hours of sleep than after hours of sleep.

Balancing feeling great with feeling mentally prepared which for me requires practicing my goal race pace. The exception to this reversal occurred last maffeyone during my breakthrough week. Adjust number using the following: Looking for a coach with experience in MAF? I shared my initial results while training for t he NYC marathonbut as maffeetone I went off track and did my own thing the last month.

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Learn more about the benefits low heart rate training. I apparently spent way too much time training in mefhod dead-zone where my heart rate was too high to build aerobic endurance but too low to get solid anaerobic workouts. Beyond the running component, Maffetone is focused on whole body health and while his program certainly leads to faster runner over time for many nethod main goal is healthy long term running.

Always do it on the same day of training at the same time for most accurate results. While carbs were mostly non-existant in my diet, my body was struggling. Every animal on earth knows how to be optimally healthy, but humans have gone astray; getting back your instincts and intuition is one of the benefits of this process. As I try to build a strong aerobic base AND burn fat, this low heart rate training coincides with my nutritional changes via the Primal Diet read about my 1st 25 days on the low carb Primal Diet.

Compared to my old paces, this is still slow, but just a week earlier I ran 10 miles at only Running like that everyday led to overtraining and declines in my running performance.

It is not training in multiple zones, maffetoen is training at a base low heart rate. Comparing fasted-state runs to runs after breakfast, it was pretty clear that food and hunger also have a strong impact on my heart rate and running performance. Improve speed while maintaining HR which is most efficient for utilizing methhod as fuel, recovery and overall bodily stress.