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Typical of most elite Marathon runners, Paula was known to take the weekly training volume up to 200km+ per week (or 145 miles approx.) during hard marathon buildups. She felt that once this average of 200km per week had been reached, that there is no point in increasing this further and that it is smarter to increase the quality. Given this philosophy, Radcliffe performed intense aerobic work all year round when compared to many other famous marathon runners. In fact, it was reported that a lot of her aerobic workouts were above her anaerobic threshold. For example, a lot of her sessions leading into a major marathon were at paces between 10,000m to half marathon pace and even her easy days were run quite fast. Perhaps this style of training was captured best in her quote:

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