Message Category: Running Tips/ Training Topic: should I walk!!
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Apply some physiology to your training Buzzy 10/2/01 6:32:33 PM ET
Clyde, I wish I could do as well with as little training!!! You DO have talent. You may want to consider occasional longer, slower runs in your training to help push back the Wall. If you think about it, the primary reason runners hit the Wall is depletion of glycogen stores, ie, your body is simply running out of the kind of fuel it needs to keep performing at the level you are demanding during a marathon. Running longer and slower on some of your training runs helps train the body to use other sources of fuel to replenish glucose needs during marathon distances. It teaches your body to tap into fat sources for fuel, and to take waste products, such as lactic acid, and convert them back to glycogen to keep your muscles replenished during periods of high demand. Try just slowing down your pace (especially in the 1st half) and pushing it out a little longer every other long run and see if you notice any difference. Good luck! Buzzy