04 Jul '16, 6pm

Should you run for time or for distance?

The late Harry Wilson, coach of former mile world record holder Steve Ovett, had his athletes spend the winter focused on time-based repeats. Runners had to tune into their bodies to identify the pace they could sustain, a vital skill for racing. When running by effort, pay attention to your breathing rate and how your legs feel. Tempo runs are another workout where getting the feel right is crucial. Once a month, run your tempo by time. Afterward, use your watch or a mapping app to check how far and fast you went. ...AND SAVE YOUR PSYCHE Repeating standard measured workouts when you're returning from a break or when you're simply not feeling great can be a blow to the ego, or tempt you to overdo it in order to hit more "respectable" splits. If you know you're not up to your usual standards, hit the roads or trails for a fartlek run. The basic structure of the workout can ...

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