In Stride this month we are combining the forces of speed and threshold. If you only train at one speed, you will only run one speed. Speed training increases efficiency at all running paces making you faster at all distances. Each class will incorporate speed work either before, during, or after the bulk of threshold work, so your pace is never the same throughout.
As a coach and a runner I have seen similarities across training programs geared toward youth development to collegiate and professional sprinters. The factor that connects a sprinter contending for the Olympics to a 10 year old learning how to run is hill training. It is the most efficient and effective way to build muscular strength and speed, but the benefits go far beyond that. We see improvement in running economy, explosiveness, and injury prevention that changes our body’s ability to handle maximal intensity, strength training, and long distance running.
The beginning of the New Year it is a time to refresh, renew, reignite, and reestablish. Stride will be echoing that same theme this month as we start to reinstate our baseline training. What we mean by this is we are going to spend a little more time training at our lactate threshold, which is something that we don’t spend time on during all-out efforts in Tread & Shred or our long slow distance runs that some of us occasionally sneak in.
This month in Stride we are ordering up a holiday special for you at the beginning or end of every session. When you receive a gift during the holiday season you never know exactly what you’re going to get, and the same principle is going to apply to our training sessions this month. Think of this as naughty or nice, but knowing that no matter where you fall we will be getting you out of your comfort zone.
July Stride classes will be about creating an environment similar to running outside. When we run outside there is a constant eb and flow of inclines and declines. As we get into the road racing circuit during the summer and fall it is important to train our bodies to adapt and adjust to small grades of incline. We gotchu!
Picture this, you’re in a race, running in a pack. All of a sudden someone breaks away. You find yourself wanting to go with that runner, but your legs will not move and you’re left in the dust. This month Stride will help you become more effective in your spring and summer races. Read on to learn how!
We are talking about pure interval training. It is a very classic and grassroots way of training full of repeated, faster efforts to get an athlete stronger and more efficient. These workouts are all designed to encourage this amazing community to discover where your fitness is truly at and get you inspired to chase something better.