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Zone 2 training

Updated: Mar 2

You don't necessarily need fancy gadgets or professional measurements to tap into Zone 2, for us at Runnity it's more about understanding the concept. Zone 2 training, often referred to as 'aerobic base training,' focuses on keeping your heart rate within a specific range that allows your body to primarily rely on aerobic metabolism for energy production. This means you're predominantly burning fat for fuel, which is incredibly efficient for endurance activities like running.

Zone 2 refers to a specific heart rate zone where you're working at a comfortable, conversational pace – think of it as the sweet spot between effort and ease.

Key points

  1. Determining Your Zone 2: Your Zone 2 heart rate is typically around 60-70% of your maximum heart rate. A simple way to estimate this is by using the '180 Formula,' which subtracts your age from 180 and adjusts based on certain factors like fitness level and injury history.

  2. Pace and Effort: Zone 2 training is characterized by a comfortable, conversational pace. You should be able to maintain steady breathing and hold a conversation without gasping for air. It's all about finding that sweet spot where you're exerting effort but still feeling in control.

  3. Duration and Frequency: Aim to incorporate Zone 2 runs into your training regimen regularly. Start with shorter sessions and gradually increase both the duration and frequency as your fitness improves. Longer, slower runs are particularly beneficial for building aerobic endurance.

  4. Mixing it Up: While Zone 2 training is great for building a solid aerobic base, it's essential to incorporate variety into your workouts. Include intervals, tempo runs, and strength training sessions to keep your body challenged and prevent boredom.

  5. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body responds to Zone 2 training. If you're feeling fatigued or overly sore, it may be a sign to dial back the intensity or take a rest day. Remember, consistency is key, but so is allowing your body to recover and adapt.

By incorporating Zone 2 training into your routine, you'll not only improve your aerobic fitness but also enhance your overall running performance.


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