Me: I promise you, I have no current plans to take up ultramarathoning.I mean, who knows what I will decide to do in the future? What if the book’s magic training formula makes me discover that it’s fun, easy, healthy, and convenient to train for a 50-mile race?
Him: Weasel words! Weasel words!
Anyway, I’m thinking this is a book that is best owned and studied if one were really serious about using it to train for an endurance sport, but the takeaways I’ve gotten so far are interesting. It makes a very strong case for ample rest and a long aerobic base training period in which you never exceed your 180-minus-age heart rate. I really want to see what happens when I run with those guidelines in mind, so here are my rules:
- I can run only when I feel rested and enthused about it.
- I can run only as long as I can still breathe through my nose (I don’t have a heart-rate monitor anymore, and that’s a decent way to make sure I’m staying fully aerobic).
- I have to stop the minute I feel any hint of tightness or injury.
- I don’t set a time or mileage goal before setting out, but train entirely based on feel and go where the wind blows me.