The Tempo Run by liwenting

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									        The Tempo Run - Improve your racing
       without running yourself into the ground
The tempo run. It's a staple for many great runners. Why? Well, it teaches your body to run
fast while handling all that evil lactic acid that builds up. If you don't know what lactic acid
is, it's the stuff that invades your muscles and slows you down when you are working really
hard.




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To do this workout properly depends on what race you are preparing for. Traditionally, the
tempo run is used to help you improve at distances from the 5k up to the marathon.
Depending upon what race you run will determine the pace of your workout.

Before anything happens though, do your warm up run. This warm up run should be ten to
twenty minutes long.

Now, let's find your correct pace. The pace should be quick, but sustainable for a longer
period of time. Here is a good way to judge without using a watch. For a regular distance
run you should be able to hold a conversation. During a tempo run you probably can talk,
but only in two to three word phrases, like, "I'm doing ok." If you can't talk at all, you are
going too fast.

The other way to find your pace is based off of races you have run, or your goal times for a
race.

1.   5k - 30 to 45 seconds slower than your average mile pace.
2.   10k - 15 to 30 seconds slower than average mile pace.
3.   1/2 Marathon - 5 to 15 seconds slower than average mile pace.
4.   Marathon - The same pace as your goal marathon mile pace.
If this pace feels to fast, then relax a little bit. If you aren't used to this type of workout,
then work your way into it. Do each one of these tempo runs two to three times and then
move to the next level.

1. Run 1/2 mile at your tempo pace. Jog 1/4 of a mile. Repeat this 1/2 mile tempo, 1/4 jog
three to five times.

2. Run 3/4 to 1 mile at your tempo pace. Jog 1/4 of a mile. Repeat this pattern three to five
times.

3. Run 1 to 1 1/2 miles at your tempo pace. Jog 1/4 of a mile. Repeat this pattern two to
four times.

4. Run continuously at tempo pace for 15 to 25 minutes.



That's it. If you can work your way into this you'll not only improve your endurance, but
you'll also feel comfortable running at your race speed. Don't forget to cool down for 5 to 15
minutes after you finished.

								
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