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QT: Using Strava Segments to Mix Up Your Speed Workouts

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Speed workouts are something that many runners spend too much time over-analyzing.

At least in my (expert) opinion.

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Whether it’s an interval/repeat workout, a tempo run, hill repeats, or whatever other form of running torture floats your boat, they all move the needle for your fitness.

More or less. Read more

QT: Should You Focus on Effort, Not Pace, for Speed Workouts?


When you go into a speed workout, how do you decide how fast to hit the hard intervals?

Hmm

Maybe you try to get a feel for goal pace for an upcoming race.

Or you aim for your current PR pace plus or minus a few seconds.

Maybe you just try to hit whatever paces your coach puts on your plan.

What about going into a workout with no idea how fast you’re going to go? Read more

QT: Choosing Workouts and Minimizing Injury Risk While Running on the Treadmill with Thessaly Nicolaysen


In this week’s Quick Tip, I’m once again joined by Ms. Thessaly Nicolaysen to talk about a subject near and dear to her heart: treadmill running.

Last week we talked about why Thessaly loves the treadmill so much and some ways to fight the potential boredom factor associated with running on the torture device.

This week we are diving into two topics that are a bit more in my wheelhouse: workouts and injury concerns. Read more

QT: Head for the Hills with a Variety of Hill Workouts


When you think about doing hill workouts, what image comes to mind?

If you’re like a lot of runners, hill repeats are the end all be all.

Now, I’m not saying hill repeats are bad.

They’re not.

But what I am saying is that if the only hill workout you find yourself doing is a sprint up and recovery back down, you’re missing out. Read more

QT: What is the Best Speed Workout for Runners


What is the best speed workout that runners can/should do?

I’m somewhat surprised that I get asked this question as often as I do, but I get it.

If you’re a runner with performance goals and you want to get faster, you probably don’t want to waste your time doing a speed workout that isn’t very effective, right?

So then, which speed workouts are worth your time and which ones should you avoid? Read more