Friday Five 2.0: Speed Drills


Since it’s  Friday, I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

Today’s topic is Misc. so I am choosing Five Drills to Get You Faster

I’m not a fan of workouts or any drills but when I participate in the Freihofer or Troy Turkey Trot Training Challenge, on Monday nights, coach Patrick has us do drills.  Why?  To run a faster 5k or 10k.

I always protest and he knows that, plus sometimes they come the day after my legs have been tired out from a long run or half marathon.

However, begrudgingly I do them.

The result: the first year (2014-5), I PRed at every distance.

So here’s some of the speed drills that we do:

1. One minute strides (5 of them)

These are my favorites.  After a warm up, you run as fast as you can for one minute.  Then recover.  As Patrick says, “You can do anything for one minute.”

2. 400 m @ 5k pace followed by 200m recovery (4-6 of them)

It’s hard to not to run these fast but you realize that you can’t halfway through the first set and then you slow down to a 5k pace (which is still fast.)

3. Hill Repeats. Incline for at least 200m. 

there is a long hill in this park…but I didn’t get a picture on it.

4. 800 m @ 5k pace followed by 400 m recovery. (4-6 of them)

These are my least favorite.  800 m running fast seems like forever.


5.  Race a 5k.

This one is not recommended but it’s the one I enjoy the most. Even if it is a fun run, I always try to run well and for me, it’s the best speed drill.


Happy Running! Do you do speed work? What drills do you do?

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15 thoughts on “Friday Five 2.0: Speed Drills

  1. I love speed work (like Judy above, anything 800 and below!) – I like being able to cover a good distance at a fast pace – somehow it feels better than trying to run at a consistently fast pace on a regular run. I’ve not done tempo runs because they overwhelm me!

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  2. Not a fan of speedwork (or hill repeats) but occasionally I will run as as fast as I can down one street on my route – it’s about .12 miles, so obviously not a long distance, but it is something, right? 🙂

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