Speed workouts can help you achieve your event finishing time goals.
The answer is as simple as sprinkling some small doses of speed work into your training schedule. As a runner, chances are you’re running over the same roads or on the same treadmill at the same speed every day. You’re using the same muscles in the same manner every time you lace up your sneaks. Then, when it comes time to race, you find yourself stuck in second gear from start to finish. In order to start shifting speeds, your metronomic muscle memory will need some new stimulation.
Edgers new to speed workouts will add Fartlek training to some of their weekly runs.
What is Fartlek? Fartlek drills are informal speed play workouts that are a great way for beginner runners to get introduced to speed work. Here’s how to do a simple beginner level fartlek workout.
Edgers that have experimented with speed workouts will do speed intervals ranging from 300 metres to 800 metres with recovery breaks based on their racing goal pace for events ranging from 5K to Marathon. Check out our event calendar for dates and times for our workout schedule.