In recent weeks, I’ve been shifting the type of workouts I prescribe for my runners. I want them to get the most “bang for their buck” when they are running their workouts. One way to do this is to mix the paces of your workouts. And it may be time for you to change the type of workout you run too.
As a general rule, there are 3 main types of paces that a runner runs as part of their training:
Interval pace (with equal rest as the effort)
Race pace (with full recovery)
But if you only do one pace during a workout, are you able to maximize the effort you’re putting out? Not necessarily. So for your next workout session, try running for a time at all three paces. Start with a threshold portion, move to an interval portion, and finish quick with some fast sprints. This way, you’re tapping all systems in the same workout.
For your next running workout, try to run threshold, interval, and race pace. Let us know how it goes.