For my seasoned runners who struggle internally with running at a slower pace on easy run days, now’s your opportunity to run fast! However, to improve your running performance, you need to have a good combination of easy run days and challenging and fast workout days. So practice your pacing!
As we hit the track tomorrow, we’ll be focusing on short intervals – 400 meters (a full lap that equates into a quarter mile). Our intermediate/advanced full marathon training workout calls for 12 x fast 400s with slow 400 recovery. The purpose of these short speed workouts is to increase speed, stride power, and efficiency, which will enable you to sustain your marathon pace more easily, which in turn means you’ll run faster at the effort level needed for your current marathon pace. On top of that, these interval workouts will burn calories! Yes!
So how fast should your run your 400 meter repeats? Many of the articles I read suggest running at your fastest maintainable speed – a speed slightly faster than your current 5K race pace. A pace chart was included in the CREW email that Melissa sent out today. Allow yourself full recovery (400 meters) before starting your next repeat so that each run doesn't feel difficult than the previous one.
- Always run counter-clockwise.
- Don't walk or stand in Lane 1. This lane is reserved for the faster runners. Use the lanes on the farther right if you aren't that fast or if you're in recovery mode.
- Don't clog up the lanes of the track. If running with a group, never run 2 abreast.
- Always look before you veer off the lane to get water or need to stop. Someone may be running right behind you!