When I first started running all training sessions were ‘Speed and Distance’ type training sessions I.E: I would go out and run 6 mile @ 9min miles or 12 miles at 11min mile pace etc. In fact I was almost obsessed at running a given distance at a given pace.
But over the last few months I have totally changed my approach to training – now based on a 6-Level ‘Effort and Time’ approach, where each level is a heart rate range. I.E: I now go out and do 3hrs at level 1 or 45mins at level 5 etc
This new approach has seen an improvement in times for most of my race distances. And has led to some lively ‘discussions’ at my running club (especially with a few of the vets)
What are your views on these two approaches and / or do you have a different approach