The tempo run should be a staple in a runner’s training diet throughout the year. Aerobic threshold work is the biggest bang for your training buck available.
A tempo run is a must for any runner. Whether a beginner or and experienced runner, working towards your first 5k or tenth marathon, a tempo run should be a staple of your routine.
What is a Tempo Run? – A tempo run is a faster-paced session sometimes known as a threshold run. Tempo pace is often described as “comfortably hard” (i.e. short conversation is possible however long sentence’s should be a struggle). Tempo runs are a great way of improving our speed and strength as well also providing us with valuable knowledge about ourselves in terms of pace and limits. Tempo runs help you develop your anaerobic or lactate threshold, which is critical for running faster. A typical tempo run consists of a slow warm up phase, a timed or specific distance ‘tempo phase’ and a slow warm down phase.
I am currently utilising a tempo session at least once…
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