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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.

That's True

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: It’s All About the Pace, ‘Bout the Pace, Not Distance!


Think back to the last long race that you ran.

Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

How did you feel after your race?

Were your quads barking at you? Were you pretty for a few days?

If so, what do you think caused the achiness after your race?

The distance, right? Read more

Obviously

QT: Running Faster Requires Being Patient and Doing the Work


If you are like many runners I know, running faster is one of your goals.

Without a doubt, the most frequent question I get from listeners of the show has to do with running faster during races.

Whether the goal is a PR or a BQ, running faster is something a lot of runners strive for.

So the million dollar question is pretty simple: how does one go about running faster during a race?

To Run Faster, You Need to Run Faster

Obviously

If you want to run faster, you need to practice it right?

Yes and no. Read more

Monitor Your Race Pace Internally

QT: Monitoring Your Race Pace is More Art Than Science


Whatever distance you are racing on any particular day, if you have a time based goal you probably have an idea of what your race pace needs to be in order to achieve said goal.

Knowing your race pace, and nailing it during your race, are two completely different things however.

No Shit Sherlock

Rarely, if ever, are you going to run a perfectly even race where you hit every mile split on the dot every time.

And when you take into account curves/corners on the course, other runners, changes in elevation, water stops, etc., trying to hit most of your splits spot on is an exercise in futility.

So what you are you supposed to do in order make sure you nail your time goal for the day?  Read more

Huh?

Quick Tip: Stop Trying to Get Faster


Admit it, you want to get faster.

And that’s ok. Shoot, I want to get faster too.

But whatever your goals are, odds are that increasing your top speed isn’t going to help you achieve them.

Wait, what?

Huh?

Huh?

You’re Missing the Point

Do you want to set a new PR this year?

Do you want to run a BQ this year?

Do you want to get your 5k time back to where it was before you had kids?

Whatever time goals you have, I’m guessing that the key to success is to cover a certain race distance in a shorter amount of time. Read more