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Talk Test & Pacing Questio

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    Hi All –

    Love the 80/20 plan!! Into week 3 heading to my A event which is the NYC Marathon in Nov. 33yrs old – have done a lot of Z2/MAF in the past. This afternoon I had an easy 8M run where I did a talk test (I said the pledge) at mile 7…7:45 pace w/HR at 148-150. My Z2 range is 143 – 156. My question: 1) How do I use this feedback in my training and 2) Should I expect improvements from this as I progress into my marathon preparation. How does the talk test translate into ‘race pace’ !! Many thanks!


    Matt Fitzgerald

    Hi Peter,

    This document explains how to use test results to update your zones. I certainly can expect your pace zones to improve as you progress through the plan.

    Intensity Guidelines for 80/20 Running

    This document explains the relationship between zones and race time goals:

    How to Set a Good Race Time Goal

    Coach Matt


    Talk you Matt! This is extremely helpful

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