The Art of Running Slow
Running slow can be counter intuitive, as runners we all generally want to run faster so why would we run slow? Over the years I’ve read many articles about running slow and many athletes who swear by it. Rich Roll for example has used it. One of the most famous proponents is Phil Maffetone who suggests running at a low Heart rate for at least 3 months.
Anyway my fitness has been up and down over the past year or so. At the moment I’m running everyday as part of my #amigurumicharityrun so I’ve decided to try consistently to try some low HR training. I’ve previously tried this but never done this for more than a few days. So from the various articles I’ve read the general consensus is to run less than 70% of your max Heart rate for me that’s 145bpm. I’ve now been running like this for around 10 days to start with it seems deadly slow I’m running around 1 minute a Km slower than my normal slow runs. However after a few days you get into it. You have time to look at your surroundings as an avid listener of audiobooks I get time to really get into them. One issue I have discovered is I run a lot of runs with my faith Traildog, well Myka likes to run a bit faster than I’m running at the moment so it has taken her a while to get her used to the idea of running slow.
The other issue that comes to the fore is pride. When you’re running and you see another runner the urge is to always speed up so you need to fight that urge even when it’s someone you know you’re faster than.
So on the majority of runs I’ve managed to keep my HR below 145 for 80% of the run I however have not done any runs on any difficult trails at present. My plan at present is to keep this up for at least a month and see where I’m at then. So I’ll report back a few times and tell you how it’s going.
Some Articles on running slow you may find useful