I'm doing the 8 week training package and coming up is a workout where the main set is zone 2 with 20 second pick-ups every 8 minutes. My question is -- are we supposed to stay within zone 2 during the pickup or spike up into higher zones during that time?

Thanks ahead of time.

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Hi Vanessa - hope things are going well. The pick-ups should be done at a "self-selected" harder pace than zone 2. They are too short in duration to use HR as a parameter, so just "pick-up" your pace during that time and get the legs moving faster than your zone 2 pace. That is the idea, to just give the legs a change in pace. They should not be a max effort sprint...again, just speed p a bit based on how you feel.

Thanks Eric. So far am loving this program. Knees feel great.
Great. The foot strike and cadence will be crucial for the knees. Keep me posted - E
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