Guest Blogger Michael Kahn
In case you are intimidated by this word Lactic Threshold, feel free to call it a “tempo run,” but just in case you want to turn some heads at the office while speaking near your non-running friends, you might say something like, “Phew, that Lactic Threshold run really kicked my butt this morning.”
The best way to improve lactic threshold is to run at your lactic threshold pace. Great, what does that mean? I dont’t want to make a doctors appointment or visit a lab and have them stick me with any needles. So how can I find my Lactic threshold pace without the hard evidence of when my blood levels change? There are several ways but I have found it to be roughly between 15K and 25K pace, so I like to call it my Half-Marathon pace.
What is it? There is an optimal point in running that is considered the Lactic Threshold and its not too fast and not too slow. Scientifically it is the point in a workout when lactic acid builds up in the circulatory system faster than the body can dispose of it. Thus the threshold. So on easy runs my body is able to easily digest this lactic build-up and disperse it throughout my blood, conversley runing faster than LT pace, besides making me want to vomit, produces a large amount of lactic build-up forcing me to slow down eventually.
Nutrition is important period, but I want to stress the importance of meal planning while training and working to improve Lactic Threshold pace as its important to have proper energy stores in order to sustain this higher intensity workout as well as recovery afterwards.
For me personally, my coach […]