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Haven't Hadd Enough

I think that the next time I hit the track I’ll run my first Hadd mini-test. The mini-test is a […]

By on May 30, 2007 | Leave a reply

I think that the next time I hit the track I’ll run my first Hadd mini-test. The mini-test is a free and easy way to determine where your lactate threshold (LT) is at the moment. (Your LT should change – that’s the whole point of the training. ;-D ) Once you know your threshold effort (as a heart rate), you can then train more effectively. A key point expressed by many coaches, including Hadd and the world renowned marathon coach Renato Canova, is that training harder does not mean training better. There are ideal efforts at which to conduct various types of workouts. I suspect that the mini-test will show that I’ve been training at slightly too hard an effort. Knowing this more concretely will help me reduce the effort of my workouts and be more patient in my training. I’ve got five and six months until my focus races and I’d like to aim to show the most improvement over that time period rather than showing maximum improvement over the next month or two (which might occur if I train at a harder than advised effort right now) at the expense of being at peak fitness in late autumn.

Read more regarding Hadd’s training plan and mini-test procedure here.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.