Tag Archives: speed workouts

How to Crush Your Track Workout

Every runner I meet wants to get faster. There are numerous ways to address your need for speed. But, spending some quality time at the track is one of the best ways to find that extra gear or two. But, the track is daunting. The ominous oval promises discomfort, hard work, sweat, and fatigue. It’s […]

Coach Greg McMillan Talks 5K Preparation

Coach Greg McMillan has been a voice of running wisdom for everyone from Olympians to your everyday runner looking to get fit and stay fit — so when we get a chance to listen in on one of his talks, we’re always going to jump at the chance! Coach McMillan was once again kind enough to […]

If You Want to Run Faster, Consider This

My first few weeks of regular running were drudgery. Every stride was laborious. Every mile felt like a death march. After dragging myself through those painful weeks of death marching, I started to come around. I found my comfortable, conversational pace. Running became vaguely pleasant. I became functionally competent at running. This was a big […]

Hill Repeats: The Thin Line Between Love and Hate

A road runner’s worst enemy and a trail runner’s best friend, hill repeats embody Daft Punk’s 2001 smash hit, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. Harder because you might be a road runner and have gravity working against you. Better because you might be a trail runner and have gravity working against you. Faster because what comes […]

The Tempo Run: The Key to Race Success

If you’ve heard anything about race training or speed workouts, you’ve probably heard the term ‘tempo run’ thrown around — and for good reason. Among all the workouts we’ve discussed so far, tempo runs are probably the most beneficial speed workout you can add to your regimen. Don’t take these workouts lightly and throw them into […]

The Pyramid Workout: A Pyramid Scheme Where Everyone Wins

Over 4,000 years ago, when the Ancient Egyptians were designing their dream burial sites, they came across another sort of blueprint — a plan for a speed workout to train for long distance running. Long before Pheidippides’ famed run from Marathon to Athens, the Ancient Egyptians discovered that they could make the most progress and […]

Swedish Speed Play: Get Faster Using Fartlek Training

Not just for Ikea lovers or the faint of heart, Fartlek training is one of the most commonly used workouts in running — and one of the most beginner-friendly! Swedish for ‘speed play’, Fartlek training refers to any type of run or workout in which you alternate periods of faster running with periods of slower […]

How to Run Faster: An Introduction to Speed Workouts

You’ve been running steadily and consistently and are now looking to take the next step forward in your training. You’re Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi is whispering in your ear that you need to head to Dagobah to train with Yoda. You’ve gotten as far as you can in your base building phase and are […]