The Two Best Speed Workouts For New Runners

Suzanne is a runner—though she says not a “real runner”—and started running three years ago to get back in shape after the birth of her second child. Over a few months, she progressed from a walk/run around the block to running 2-4 days per week, covering 3-5 miles each run and up to 10 miles in her long runs on the weekend.

Like most of us, Suzanne soon realized that running was so much more than just a way to get in shape. She treasures morning runs with her training partners, and talking through life’s ups and downs as the miles roll past.

Despite running a few 5Ks and 10Ks—and even two half marathons—Suzanne was intimidated by the local running group and their workouts. But she wanted to get fitter and thus would push herself to run faster in races. In her words, she’s “not training for the Olympics” but knows she needs to do some “real runner” workouts to boost her fitness.

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Sound familiar? Many runners I’ve worked with over the years have been in the same boat as Suzanne. Here are two of the “real runner” workouts I had her do to become a fitter, faster and more confident runner. Try ’em for yourself!

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