Thanks Eric and 100 Mile Plan Update

I just wanted to thank you Eric, for all the work, knowledge, and advice you share with all of us runners. It's obvious that you put in a lot of work in all of this, including your training, websites, and answering our questions, and I hope you know you're efforts are appreciated more than you know.

I'm on week 8 of your 24 week 100 mile plan, and I'm loving it. Things are going great and I feel the plan is working very well. I'm seeing very noticable improvements right now with being able to hold faster paces while being in lower heart rate zones like 1 and 2. At first, I was frustrated by running so slow to stay in these low zones because I could run faster, but I think staying with your plan is show some benefits at this point. I'm guessing it's because of the slow twitch muscles being built. I actually did a heart rate half marathon plan when I first started running, and I went from running an 11 minute pace while holding zone 1, to being able to run in the high 8's, low 9's while being in zone 1. I'm seeing those same results come back.

After this weekends long run days, which are two hours each, I get into the 30 and 30+ miles. I'm looking forward to it and all the results I'll see. Like I've said before, because of your plan, I'm expecting to have a great finish for my 100 mile race in October.

If anyone is looking to do a 100 mile race, I'd really recommend Eric's plan.

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Comment by Eric Orton on June 29, 2009 at 10:43pm
Hey Thomas - A training plan is only as good as the dedication to follow it, so kudos to you!
You raise a good observation regarding yoru improved speed from Zone 1-2 running. Zone 2 running has a variety of purposes and worthy of a blog post by me in the near future. But in your case, most of your zone 2 runs are used as a way to increase weekly miles without overtraining. And, with this added volume comes efficiency, the ability to work "better" or in your case faster, at the same level of effort. This is important for all runners, but super important for the second half of your race. No one ever drops out of a 100 miler because they are out of breath - it is all about the legs - E

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