If you want to improve your running speed, then interval training is the way to go. In fact, interval training (HIIT) has been used by athletes for years to build cardiovascular strength, power, and explosive speed. HIIT combines short and intense bursts of exercise at maximum ability, with recovery phases, repeated throughout a single workout. In today’s post, I’m going to share with you five of my favorite interval running workouts to build endurance and speed.
If you have been reading Runners Blueprint for a while, then you know that I’m a strong proponent of strength training for runners. Sure, this is a runners’ blog, and I mostly write stuff for the running crowd. That said, any regular reader (or after checking my cross training page) might be surprised by the number of strength training workouts I shared in the last couple of years. But this time, I’m not going to share with you another workout. Instead, in today’s post, I’ll cover the basics of weight lifting for runners. I’ll show you the exact steps required to design your strength training program, even if you have never touched a dumbbell before.
If you’re serious about running your best (while avoiding the classic training rut trap), you need to opt for a well-rounded running program. That means doing a variety of running workouts of different speeds, distances, and intensities. And here is the good news. In today’s article, I’m going to break down the seven most basic running sessions, So, are you excited? Then here we go. But first things first, before we get into the heart of the matter, let’s first briefly discuss some of the reasons training variety is so important. The Many Benefits Of Training Variety Sticking to the same speed and distance over and over again is the recipe for boredom and plateaus. This is a classic mistake you need to avoid if you’re serious about reaching your running goals.
Quality workouts, think interval sessions and long runs, get the majority of attention in most runners’ training plans, but recovery runs are usually ignored. In fact, the recovery run has been the often-than-not forgotten workout. That said, recovery runs are one of the most valuable runs. As we are going to see, recovery runs are essential. Running at a relaxed pace can help you develop proper form, build endurance, establish base mileage, and might even, as the name implies, speed up recovery. As a result, in today’s post, I’m sharing with some training guidelines on how to do the recovery run right.
Whether you’re serious about increasing your speed so you can beat your record or to just feel comfortable on your next 6-miler, speed training is of utmost importance for improving your running performance. In today’s post, I’ll explain why speed work is important for runners and how to incorporate faster-paced training into your running program. I’ll also share with you the main speed work runs you need to add to your schedule to help take your running to the next level. The basic sessions include intervals, fartleks, tempo runs, and hill reps. Sure, these workouts are by no means the most exhaustive list of the speedwork sessions you can do, but they’ll definitely help you on your journey to get faster. So, are you excited? Then here we go.
Whether you're a newbie 5k runner or a hardcore marathoner, long runs are essential to any successful training program. Endurance running builds stamina, speed and mental toughness like nothing else, especially for the half marathon and beyond. But knowing how to do the long runs right (and safe) can often confuse any runner in the midst of their training. So, what is a long run? How long should it be? How to schedule it? Etc. These are some of the questions I will answer in today’s post. So are you excited? Then here we go.
If you are looking for some of the best ways and strategies to help you boost your running stamina, then you're in the right place. Today, dear reader, I'm gonna be sharing with you some of my favorite and well-tested endurance building guidelines that will help you become the best runner you can be. So, are you ready? Then here we go.
Resistance bands are usually made of strong, thin, and long rubber with handles at each end, and come in a wide variety of resistance levels, depending on your fitness skill and training goals. You can buy these in line with your fitness level and training goals—in other words, they are easily customized. In my experience, resistance band exercises are one of the best tools you can use to keep strength training when you no longer have access to a gym or just dot want to go there for all personal reasons. Also, stacking dumbells in your living room might be an attractive option.
Runners need to strength train, period. I keep saying over and over again. The truth is, if you are a runner who doesn’t strength train, then you are missing out, big time. So please do not neglect strength training. Of course, this is easier said than done. Sticking to the regular running program, then having enough time to make the trip to the gym to strength train, is not always easy to pull off—especially if you just like the rest of us, stressed and pressed for time. But that doesn’t mean that you have to give up strength training altogether.