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Hello, am new to the forum and wanted to ask for information on VO2 max, professional runners and interval training.
I've been running for over a year, ran my first 10KM race in Oct 12 in 42:08 (flat course, good weather). Goal is breaking the 40 min mark and it seems that the best way of doing this is with interval training to increase ones VO2 max PLUS sheer mileage; 3 days a week won't seem to cut it looking at training plans, one has to do 4-6 days a week, long runs, fast runs, easy runs, intervals.
I did an easy run yesterday of 14.5km with a pace of 4'55/km, inc a sprint finish for 150m approx at 4:02/km. In my 10KM last year my final KM was a 3:54/km, which suggests to me that physiologically my legs are capable of the speed, which brings me onto Martin Rees www.athleticsweekly.com/coaching/how-they-train-martin-rees/ 60 years old and 32 min 10KM. I have run a KM in 3:19 but wouldn't be able to sustain it for 9 more, so the difference is just VO2 thresholds? He didn't really start until he was 37 'properly', does that mean if he started when he was 17 yrs old would he have been able to develop a bigger/higher VO2 max?
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