In case you couldn’t tell from my past blog posts, I’m obsessed with getting faster at running. I finally broke 30 minutes in my most recent 5k (well technically I broke 29 minutes, but who’s counting?) and now that I know I’m capable of running faster I plan on doing a lot more speed training in my workouts. I found this article that gives 3 speed workouts for beginners: fartlek, tempo, and interval workouts.
Usually when I run, I just run at the same general speed throughout the workout, with a focus on getting a negative split (running faster in the second half). Yesterday I decided to try doing fartleks during my workout. The really cool thing about this type of workout is that you can completely dictate how hard/fast/frequently you want to speed up. It kept me focused on the scenery – should I sprint to that tree? – and took the focus off how I felt while I was running. In fact, it was one of the few runs I’ve ever done where I didn’t feel sick to my stomach at all. I felt so good when I was finished, and I managed to do the hilly course in 30:02, which is the second fastest I’ve ever done it in! I’m thinking that it will hopefully make me faster over time too. I highly recommend trying this during your next workout if you’re trying to get faster!
Do you do speed workouts? What’s your favorite?