General Aerobic Runs

on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Tuesday: Did 6 miles of recovery which included 6 strides.

Wednesday: Did 12 miles of "General Aerobic" running in the morning and averaged about 8:45 pace. Wanted to keep this kind of slow because I have to do 6 miles of LT on Friday as part of a 11 mile run. Today was the first day in over a month that there was garbage pickup and it looks like people have been hoarding their smelly garbage for that time cause there were certainly some places that I had to hold my breath. Not nearly as bad as running by the dump drop off site a couple of weeks ago but still pretty bad.

"General Aerobic" is a term that Pfitzinger uses, but unfortunately he doesn't define very well in the first edition of his book "Advanced Marathoning". He says it can be anywhere between recovery pace and tempo pace. I was googling around and found that there are some excerpts from the second edition where he now defines them more explicitly and it appears that the proper pace for these GA runs is actually slower than long run pace. I guess the point is to just get the miles in at a relaxed pace and depend on the long runs (both normal and marathon pace) to build stamina.