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.
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?