11 Jul '15, 12pm

The case for speed work for long distance runners.

Sometimes it seems as though there are nearly as many marathon training programs as races. But if your marathon times have plateaued—or simply don't live up to what you think you might be capable of doing—it might be time to take a hard look at your own plan and see if it has enough speed work. Many plans focus on quantity of training, rather than quality, months of buildup with weekly long runs and grueling high-volume weeks. Such training, however, crowds out other forms of training that might give you more bang for your training effort. There's general agreement among scientists and coaches that running fast in training can improve our oxygen processing and help us run more economically—and therefore faster—in the marathon.

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