Sunday, October 23, 2011

Advise on the Run, from Ed Furtlaw *Update 10/30

After the Devil Mountain 50 mile, literally within 10 minutes of my finish, I got to talking to Ed Furtaw the race course setter.  At age 63, he flew by me at aide station 6.  Now after that, I was pretty much dead and with 10 miles to go he finished 50 minutes ahead of me.  Looking back, basically I was out of fuel.  I did not feel hungry, so I did not eat and let alone two hours prior.  I was not thinking straight, some call it ‘Bonking’.  At the time, I told him that I had a problem pacing myself, he said you have to get this book, “The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing” by Dr. Phil Maffetone.  Here is a link to  the abridge version, I found on the web.  The 180 Formula

I spoke to Ed the next day and he gave me the overview  and it made sense to me.  I have the book on hold and am picking it up tomorrow.  I will let you know what I think.


There is one slide that stood out for me.
UPDATE 10/30: I didn’t buy it.  I had it in my hand, read a few sections and what I read looked good, but I didn’t buy it.  I guess first of all, it looks like a phone book and when it says The Big Book of”, it really is a big book.  Over 500 pages of small print and a bit too technical.  I think it is a great book for a coach or trainer, but I am not ready for it yet.  AND I am a reader, I love technical books more than fiction, so this book is right up my alley.  Maybe I did not give it a fair chance, but my running friends haven’t heard of the book, let alone Dr. Philip.

One of my other friends said she is a big fan of Maffetone and his holistic approach.  I probably will get a copy soon, I am just afraid of not having time to read it.


Jill said...

There's a guy I was working with last spring ( who is takes a holistic approach to working with injuries - in particular my foot injury (in my case). He is a HUGE advocate of the Phil Maffetone approach to training and said a big problem (well one of many) was that I was training in too high of a heart rate (anaerobically) and racing too often (again, anaerobically). This book will make you train very slow...and that's a good thing. A friend of mine, who is a 3:10 marathoner, follows this plan and runs all his long runs at about an 8:30 pace.

Anonymous said...

I am not against the book and I want to read it. Did you read it yetor part of it?

Jill said...

No, I haven't read any of it, but I know the gist of it. Train in Z2 until you don't see any more results, THEN start adding in some speedwork. When you no longer see any results from speedwork, then bump back down to only Z2 work/repeat. Or so I was told from the Sock-doc. Here's an article he wrote you may find interesting:

Do you know for certain that Leadville registration beings on Nov 1st? Not that I'm doing it (hahah), just have not heard anything on all the ultra blogs I read, and those guys are big Leadville people.
Do you have your paces and crew all in place for the race? Do you need any help?

Anonymous said...

I haven't even thought about it yet, I would love the help.

Did you see the repost on Leadville? It seems that way.

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