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Before I head out to the airport; this I think is what Arthur would have said: "It doesn't matter!" Hense, so many of us left confused, right!? The point is; we need to build aerobic capacity because that's what governs your performance level. It also lasts longest (meaning, you're not going to lose it quickly) so you build it first. Then you move onto hill phase because you'd want to start developing power and flexibility before you start doing faster, more race specific training. Then you develop your anaerobic capacity to exercise as well as speed then you coordinate all these elements together so you can race smoothly without any hick-ups.

Now, if all this is understood, then you'll know during the hill training phase, you'll need to introduce exercise to develop power and flexibility WHILE you maintain your aerobic capacity. In other words, you'd want to keep up fairly high mileage. "Arthur's Boys" did four laps around a 2-mile loop plus approximately 2 miles of warm-up and cool-down 6 times a week plus 22-mile on weekend. So the mileage was quite high. I would not necessarily recommend this routine unless you're super fit; you'd need to keep up good mileage during the hill phase. So depending on what type of hill training you're doing, you may want to throw a couple of long aerobic running like 1.5 hours or so between hill training days. Actual mileage per week is not important; but you need to understand what you need to accomplish during each phase; what type of training would make it possible to achieve those physiological and mechanical developments during each phase; what is your strengths and weaknesses; and how you can realistically shuffle them all up to fit them into your weekly schedule.

Maybe I'm not quite helping you. Rule of thumb, or a ball-park figure, I'd say, would be; if you're running, say, 80 miles a week for conditioning, you should be able to handle or keep up 2 or 3 days of hill training with 2 or 3 long runs and maintain your mileage somewhere around 60 to 70 (70 would be better if you can); before you dip down to, say, 40 or 50 of track schedule. Bear in mind, marathon might be a bit different. Hill training would definitely help marathon running but first and foremost, you need solid endurance and stamina. In other words, you schedule should not sacrifice that elements regardless of whatever else you want to do.

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