Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I have a new weekly running schedule that incorporates intervals, tempo and long runs with a series of easy runs. One interval, tempo and long run per week plus 3 easy runs for 6 days of running each week.
The interval and tempo and hard runs but it's learning to make sure the easy runs are "easy" that is the challenge and the major benefit. The easy runs are essentially recovery runs and allow the body to recover while also maintaining good fitness and saving the energy needed for the 3 meaningful runs: interval, tempo and long run.
It's the speed work with the intervals and tempo runs that enable you to increase your pace for races and longer runs. Without speed work your fast twitch muscles go to sleep and you will not be able to effectively call upon them when you want to pick up the pace. Speed work also helps with your breathing and oxygen intake.
The new schedule is hard but I'm already seeing the benefits as my pace, stride and form are all improving as a result.
Posted by - at 8:50 AM