Hello all - I've been running in my new B2R shoes for the last several weeks and LOVE them. People mentioned they feel like slippers and I agree. (I have a really hard time running in my old Newtons any more.) BUT I have a question. I'm following Eric's transition training plan and he focuses on only running as fast as you can while breathing through your nose. Well I've been doing this now for four weeks and I haven't seen any improvement in my speed going up or average heart rate going down. Does anyone know how long it usually takes until I'll see some benefits?
Thanks so much!
Hi Kathy - the point of the nose breathing in this program is not for the purpose you mention, but to help runners run slow enough for the transition and to help develop economy. You will certainly improve in ways you are asking about, but again, that was not the intent of this use and program.
So again, this transition program is only to help make the transition to the B2R shoe. It is not a cardiovascular training program. You can make it into one by consistently increasing your run distance/times nose breathing.
Hope this helps - E
Thanks for that information. I'm modifying the transition plan I've been doing - because I'm also in training for the Goofy at Walt Disney World in January - so I've built up to already doing nine miles in my B2R's (but I've been running in Newtons and Nike Frees for the last two years and knew what it would feel like if I pushed myself too far). So my calves are been fine - it's my cardio capacity that I'm trying to work on as I'm more focused on endurance than speed. (Although speed would always be nice.)
Do you have a cardio training plan that I'd be able to adapt? I'm really enjoying the variety of the workouts and would love to switch right in to another plan when I'm done with this one in ten days.
i would look at the marathon plan. It is based on heart rate, so sounds like just what you are looking for. And based on where you are at, I think you could jump into the program at the week that would sequence with your race.
Hi Eric - one more question! I signed up for the marathon plan (excited to get started!) I see on your site on the training plan page there's a link to "export to outlook or iCal". When I clicked on it, it simply put a single activity on the starting date. Is there a way I can get the entire plan to download into my iCal calendar? If not, I realize I can use Training Peaks and they'll email the days info to me - but since I utilize Garmin Connect it's an additional step to also use Training Peaks.