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RE: Did Benji Durden train like he advocates in this article?
I would have 1 long day per week of 2:30-3:00 in the am and frequently the repeats day and the threshold/training race day would be 2:00+ as well. I generall ran 2:30-2:45 most of the year with maybe 6-8 2:45-3:00 runs. I also ran 4-6 marathons/year since that was what we did back then. We weren't afraid running marathons would make us slower.
Heat training can also be considered strength training since you are hauling all those heavey wet sweats around as you run. (;-)
Additionally you can look at haet training as a way to get altitude effects at sea level. The oxygen uptake system is effected by the partial pressure (i.e altitude) and temperature. The lower the partial pressure or the higher the temperature, the less oxygen the cardivascular system carries. By adapting to the stress of higher body temperature, the body becomes more effective at oxygen uptake in a manner similar to the adaptation to altitude.
I'm sure there are other things that improve as well. I know that when I fisrt tried heat training it was simply for a race in Puerto Rico. I trained in long sleeves and sweat pants for 2 months and won the race. I raced better during the prep period as well. After the race I went back to shirtless running like my training buddies and soon my racing slowed down. I can see patterns and went back to long sleeves and sweat pants
When those got to be comfortable, I added layers. Over several months I adapted to gradual increases in layers to where I normally ran in at least 1 set of sweats and 1 rainsuit.
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