Roberto who just ran an amazing 2.39 marathon on a very hilly course left this comment on my blog after I commented to Scott Brown that I didn't think Roberto's training method was too dissimilar to Marius Bakken's program.
Hope you find this of interest.
1) I personally like a lot the training plan of Marius (from what I read here...) and I was even considering to buy it for my knowledge.
It is very balanced and focus a lot on long hard runs and progression runs which is the same method used by Canova, etc (the system that I try to follow).
So I am for sure an "endorser" of his methods...
Also it is very "natural" way of running compared to killing our body in track intervals
2) some posts ago I noticed that Rick asked Marius about the usage of hill sprints for Master runners, etc.
Well, I honestly believe Marius might have misread the question because "smart strides" and "hill sprints" work exactly in the same way: they are submaximal sprints of short duration. So the body get neuromuscolar signals to learn running fast, but without the stress of a real 100% sprint on the flat...
Anyway "smart strides" is a sure methods and no point to leave it
3) right in this week, there are very interesting posts from CANOVA on letsrun.com
He does not say anything different from his usual meethod, but is always refreshing.
His systems is so logical that a "stupid" coach would disbelieve that it could be so simple...
Thanks for your input Roberto.
To read comments in full please check out yesterdays post.
I highly recommend you read his blog and look back at how he overcame serious injury to run such an amazing marathon.
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