Hm, I would mix. The steeper it gets the more it becomes a muscular endurance workout.
Hi everyone, currently working through the 24week beginner marathon training program and plan to do the wonderland 3-day training program after that. Goals are to move quickly and efficiently through the mountains in my backyard (washington state) including a trip up Rainier either this climbing season or next, a 50k trail race this summer, and just generally trying to have fun and climb mountains and trails quickly.
Questions: Does it make more sense to start increasing speed or elevation first? or do I do both concurrently? A lot of my training takes place on a treadmill due to weather/life and I’m wondering if I should prioritize upping my speed as my HR plateaus or if I should not care how fast I go, and crank the elevation and then work on speed once I’m hiking up steep stuff. My gut says to work on elevation first going as slowly as needed to stay within HR zones and then the speed will come with time. I’m not in a rush to achieve these goals (and am severely underconditioned right now anyways) so looking for the best thing to remain injury free with my eyes on the prize.
Thanks for your consideration!
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