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    Hi at all, following plan for running slowly in Zone 1 and 2, I have a problem with my training environment. I live near a woods and most of all my running workout is on circuit about 10 km. The problem are the hills. I have 3 or 4 hills that they inevitably cause the heart rate to go up. if I look at the average it is also correct, but if I look at the moment in real time there are obviously peaks. So the question is: which one should I consider ? Because to stay in the range, after climbing I have to run much slower.
    Thanks in advance

    Matt Fitzgerald

    Hi Alex,

    The body doesn’t adapt to averages; it adapts to time spent at various intensities. Every second spent above Zone 2 is a second above Zone 2. A few seconds here and there above zone won’t impact your progress, but in general you should try to stay in zone by slowing down when climbing hills.

    Coach Matt


    ok…thank you a lot.
    I’ll try to slow down even more. I thought that 15-20 seconds above the threshold were not a problem but as you pointed out…”Every second spent above Zone 2 is a second above Zone 2″


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