It’s been about six months since I began devoting at least 90% of my training to low heart rate, fat burning training. In contrast to how I felt when I was exercising with higher exertion (granted, while also drinking heavily and eating unhealthily), I have more energy now, my form is better, exercise is far more enjoyable, I’m leaner, and I am now much faster.
In case more evidence is needed to support this, I decided to do another MAF (maximum aerobic function) test this past Tuesday. The MAF test is performed by running at your target aerobic heart rate for a few miles on a flat course and recording each mile pace. The result is then compared to previous months.
It has been a few months since I’ve tested my pace, since I had some injuries from a couple of bike accidents which I thought had slowed me down, and I didn’t want to discourage myself. However, yesterday I was pleasantly surprised by the results: