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Thank you all for the information. Alan, I am currently using the HM Level 2 pace plan. I think it would be ok with that (although I would not switch to power until I’m done with this plan). The only workouts that I’d be concerned about would be the ones like the Progression Intervals Run which can have up to 50 steps in the workout. My watch is constantly beeping. 🙂 Thank you for the suggestions in case I do need to upgrade my 235. After my Rock n Roll HM the first weekend of December, I am wanting to try out the power metric and see how that goes.
What kind of equipment is recommended for running using the power metric? Also, will I need to look at upgrading my Forerunner 235? Or is there something that will work with it?
Thank you Matt, for posting this fascinating article. It makes sense that the constant starting up for a run interval then braking for a walk interval would use more energy. A loose analogy could be driving an automobile on the interstate versus driving in the city.
I have spent the last two years doing run/walk intervals. Everything from the couch to 5k, to a 10k, to HMs. When I finished the HM after a run-walk, I still felt exhausted. This year, since May, I’ve been training with the 80/20 plans. I did the 5k plan first, and am now about half way through the HM level 2, pace plan. I did the 1:50 ER run two weeks ago, and came through it ok. I have the 2:00 ER this Saturday and that will be another good test. But these runs are by far the furthest I’ve run straight through, and they are survivable. 🙂
Yes, I did have a chest strap for the test. I’ve been using one for about 3 months now. I guess I just have a high HR. My pace ended up being 9:13 min/mile. Putting that into the calculator gave me a 9:42 min/mile LT pace.
That seems rather high? Or is it 95%? Which would be 178.
Ok thanks. Believe it or not it’s 188
Thank you David. The peak being the highest point of the last 15 minutes?
Ok, I did the 20 minute LT pace test. Averaged 9:16 min/mile, and entered into the calculator, and it came up with 9:48 min/mile LT pace. Quicker than what I was expecting.
Now for the 15 minute part for the LTHR do I go with the average HR for those 15 minutes?