After reading Mark Sisson's book and listening to several Podcasts, I notice that there is just too much contradiction for endurance running. Mark stresses that what he calls "chronic cardio" is bad for you, but then also states that he can help people run endurance races correctly. He then states that when he was a marathoner, he ran hard EVERY day. This is ridiculous - no running coach in the world would tell a runner to run hard everyday - the whole basis of most running programs are rests and easy days spaced in with hard days of either intervals on LSD long runs. He also seems to miss the point that many casual runners hardly ever run hard unless they are training for a specific event. For instance, I run most of the year running around 40 mpw at a relatively easy pace (8-10 mpm). Is this "Chronic Cardio? Also, Sisson bases most of his Primal Blueprint guidelines on using ancient ancestors as a prototype for nutrition and fitness - surely, it's obvious that our ancient ancestors ran and probably ran or walked fast quite a lot. There are many studies that prove that hunter gathers run many miles during hunts - why would this be a good model for them, but "Chronic Cardio" for us? I can't help thinking that Sisson is basing his rejection of endurance activity on his own abandoned poor training techniques.
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So much contradiction for endurance runners...