Last Sunday, I was talking about world champion marathoner Eluid Kipchoge and how his training regime actually follows MAF principals. He runs about a hundred miles a week at a comfortable pace(for him).
If you got all excited about that and wanted to adopt the same training plan for your next marathon, it would be a huge mistake.
The difference is following the traditional approach to training rather than an objective approach.
Traditionally, training plans are based on mileage and pace, which means the effort can be much greater for you overall than an elite athlete.
In the case of Eluid, the total amount of time running his 100 miles per week at 6 min/mile is 10 hours. If you tried to run 100 miles a week at 12 min/mile, you would be training 20 hours a week!
This is an extreme example but it shows why many of us end up over training and getting injured following traditional training plans based on mileage.
The objective approach is based on your effort.
To copy Eluid’s training, you would run 10 hours a week at your MAF pace of 12 min/mile. This way you are putting in the relative same amount of effort per week and can enjoy the same type of training benefit without overtraining.
If you are following a traditionally structured training plan, Take an objective approach to it for better results.
Have a great week!
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