You don’t have to run fast in training—unless you want to run faster in races.
If you’re a newer runner and you’ve recently caught the racing bug, finishing a 5K is likely no longer an issue; finishing it faster, however, is presenting a problem. So how do you get through this racing road block?
The answer is as simple as sprinkling some small doses of speed work into your training schedule. As a new runner, chances are you’re running over the same roads or on the same treadmill at the same speed every day. You’re using the same muscles in the same manner every time you lace up your sneaks. Then, when it comes time to race, you find yourself stuck in second gear from start to finish. In order to start shifting speeds, your metronomic muscle memory will need some new stimulation.
If you’re new to racing and want to reach the finish line faster, use these simple suggestions to safely start inserting some speed work into your training schedule.