|Sprinters by Sean McSorley|
- shortness of breath
- lightning bolts
- numbness in lower extremeties
- cotton mouth
- muscles that want to burst through your skin and set themselves on fire
- severe diarrhea for the remainder of the day
|Distance vs Sprint Bodies|
As a former sprinter turned distance runner, I feel like I can comfortably speak to the benefits of adding speed work to your training plan; if you want to increase your race times, you don't have a choice. One of my favorite road workouts is doing alternating block sprint intervals - which is exactly how it sounds. Every other city block is a 90%+ sprint followed by an equal recovery block of 65%-70% - over and over for as long as I can take it. I am certain that I look like a maniac sprinting my hardest down Main Street - but who cares?
I also like to use ladder workouts on a track (example: 100 x 2, 200 x 2, 400 x 2, 200 x 2, 100 x 2 - all done at top speed.) You can obviously change the number of repeats and distances to meet your specific needs.
Also - marathoners - you are surely doing Yasso 800s, but if you're not - get on it! This is a really common and effective speed workout for those that go the looonng distance.
|Keeping the Pace from OutdoorSportsArt|
Speed = Strength
Finally - there is a primal, animalistic factor in running your fastest (fight or FLIGHT.) You will feel like a hardcore runner - practically an Olympian - as you pound down the road. Picture it now: wind in your hair, arms chopping, knees high and a face that says: do not mess with me 'cause I'm crazy fast. Have you ever seen a sprinter smiling? No. Never. Intensity only. All of that ass kickin' will leave with a glorious runner's high and your stress...well...what stress?
RUN FAST AND PROSPER, FRIENDS!