Are We Too Soft?

I haven’t read the comments, but I’d be willing to bet that many of the people who were shocked at the idea of a 60 minute tempo run prescribe to Daniels definition of a tempo run, since it seems that that’s the definition that’s become the most widespread. That definition states that a tempo run is performed at the pace you could maintain for an hour-long race and is generally a 20 minute effort. A workout like that does wonders for your lactate threshold, which is why it’s so useful for 5K and 10K training. Of course, Daniels goes on to explain that you can extend the time while also slowing it down (and has a chart where he calculates how much you should slow down for the time added), which is obviously important to those racing longer distances. That’s how you end up with 12-16 mile MP workouts and such. Regardless, a lot of people tend to hear the words “tempo pace” a...

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