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Primal Endurance Podcast

Welcome to The Primal Endurance Podcast, where we challenge the ineffective, overly stressful conventional approach to endurance training and provide a refreshing, sensible, healthy, fun alternative. Going primal frees you from carbohydrate dependency and turns you into a fat burning beast! Enjoy interviews from elite athletes, coaches, authors and scientists on the cutting edge of endurance training and performance.
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Nov 27, 2015

Brad talks about maybe the most important element of a successful endurance program--emphasizing aerobic base building at the proper heart rates. This fast paced narration will give you the straight scoop about how to train aerobically, and help you avoid the egregious mistakes that endurance athletes of all ability levels make when they drift into slightly too difficult intensity zone during workouts - training in the Black Hole! Brad dispenses Dr. Phil Maffetone's secret formula of "180-age" heart rate training, and details the burnout he experienced early in 2015 by mistakenly training at too elevated of an aerobic heart rate. Get your training straight by listening to this quick, informative podcast!

2 Comments
  • eleven and a half months ago
    Primal Endurance - Lindsay
    Al : 100 miles - congratulations! Yes, it is usually harder to stay below MAF on trails because of the elevation changes compared to road running. On the other hand, in my experience the pace of trail running is more relaxed. Unfortunately, the hills usually do mean walking. If I'm headed up a hill, I usually start walking 5 or so beats before I hit MAF because I know my HR will continue to climb. If you've been training exclusively and successfully at MAF for a while, as it sounds like you have, don't be afraid to add in occasional high-intensity work too, particularly hill repeats. I also do some of my trail training at the gym on a stair climber because I can easily regulate my HR while mimicking a long uphill slog.

    The number of elite trail runners training using MAF principles and primal-aligned eating is growing all the time. The most famous example is Zach Bitter (check out his blog and his podcast here, episode #53). There is also Larisa Dannis, who just won the 50 mile national championships (on the road, but she also runs trails) and credits her success to following Dr. Maffetone.

    Cheers!
  • almost two years ago
    Al
    Hi Brad, I just listened to your pod cast on Aerobic base building, I am going to be starting to work with my HRM, I am 63 years young, this year I ran a trail 100 miler, I am now ready to train again for another trail run, isn't it harder to stay within the aerobic beats on the trails, I know that I will be walking the hills. Do you know of any success using Phi's 180 doing trail running. I really enjoyed your podcast, this has really made me understand the importance of training in the aerobic stat.

    Any tips you can pass along are much appreciated

    Happy Trails
    Al