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This has been my first season consistently doing an organized track workout every week–and it’s made a huge difference in my speed and running efficiency.
In fact, if you’re reading this Wednesday morning, I’m in the process of running 20 miles and my weekly track workouts have even helped me be efficient with my long runs.
Too often I hear people express they are either intimidated by the track or not fast enough, so I’ve compiled tips to make sure everyone has the chance to experience a track workout.
Speed is subjective
There are no speed requirements for the track. Each individual runner attends with their own pacing and goals. A 6 minute miler and a 10 minute miler each have their own ‘speed’ they will be working on.
It might be hard to know what realistic goals are for each workout–especially the first time–so calculators (like this one) can be helpful in determining realistic goals for each distance. To use this calculator, just input your target goal time for a race distance. For example, I’m looking to run close to a 21 minute 5k (I’m having trouble getting there), so based on that I get target interval paces for typical track distances. (I fall off as distances get longer)
Input a time from a recent race to just get started and take it from there!
Know the workout
Its nice to know what your walking in to! A 5k and a marathon necessitate totally different mind-sets and preparation. Track workouts are the same–400 repeats are much different than mile repeats.
This one is tricky, because speed is personal and its really tough to find someone who has the exact same speed and goals–but it could happen! Take the time to talk to people and see if you can buddy up with a like-minded (and like-speeded!) runner.
If that can’t happen, just start running. You might find yourself always near the same person or group of people. Start to use them as ‘markers’ to keep yourself in check.
Track workouts are supposed to be hard. They are supposed to push you to your limits. Challenge you and motivate you to be better. But results are not immediate. Stick with it and keep moving forward setting new goals.
Track workouts are such an important part of an effective running plan. Keep these tips in mind to burn it up at your next (or first!) track workout!
Have you been hitting the track?
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