Find your Zone 2

Sunday’s long run was time based. I was to run 1 hour and 45 minutes. The first hour and 15 minutes, I was supposed to stay in zone 2 to low zone followed by 30 minutes in high zone 4.

Now, if you are new to the zones, you are in for a treat. I love training with zones rather than just pace times. My favorite chart is from the Saskatoon YMCA.  

I have to admit, it was very hard to get into zone 2 while running.  I mostly stayed in mid zone 3 and after I crested a few hills, I needed to walk to get my HR down back to mid zone 3.  Honestly, in that zone, I knew I could keep going for hours on end.  Now, the zone 4 for 30 minutes, I really could not wait till it ended.  It was hard.

The mistake that I see most new runners make is going out too fast.  They feel they cannot sustain that speed, and they are right, and they give up. by finding your zone 2 you know how fast you should be going, based on how your body feels today. It’s a plan for long term success.  By running slower, you will learn how to run faster.  Sounds ridiculous, but it worked for me and many other triathletes I know.

Have you tried zone training?  How was it?  Share your zone training story with us.

Published by Waltenbury Lise

Podcast host, triathlete, wife, mother of 3, commuter, volunteer, hockey coach, triathlon coach, and student. I am a Jane of all trades and a master of some on a journey to higher consciousness.

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