9 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT SPEEDWORK May 13, 2016 17:54

Track Program Underway with St. Pete Running Company

Ready to take your running to the next level?

The idea of speedwork, track workout, or anything involving the word "speed" might intimidate the average runner. Is that you? Then you'll be interested to find out these 9 things you may not know about speedwork from St. Pete Running Company owner Cody Angell.

1. Speedwork is not just for fast people.

Regular and newer runners can benefit as much if not more from going to the track weekly.

2. Speedwork teaches proper pacing.

Doing Speedwork can ingrain a sense of pacing. Being on a track regularly can teach how to "hit your splits." It also teaches how to manage effort throughout the duration of a run. 

3. Speedwork is not the same thing as sprinting.

Not all track runners are Usain Bolt! Even if you're running at a very slow pace, running intervals on the track will be beneficial. 

4.  We refer to intervals as the wrong thing.

Most of us think that during a track workout the "interval" is running. By definition the interval is technically the break between repetitions. For example, a 1-minute interval is basically describing taking a break between running. 

5. Misery loves company.

When running with a group of people on the track you'll find that it feels easier to perform the work than it would feel while doing it by yourself. 

6. Accountability is a huge component of Speedwork.

Having the knowledge that a group of people are expecting you to be on the track and to run with them is a powerful motivator. Also, if one runner in the group is having a bad day, the others runners can "pull them through" a workout. 

7. Speedwork should be progressive.

If done consistently, speed training should be progressive in nature. It should start easy and then increase the amount of work done each time. This can be done by changing the volume and intensity of the repetitions, or reducing the recovery between those reps. 

8.  Speed Training equals better racing.

We recommend simulating the race within training. Training on the track can often get you ready for your big day. Your body will know what it feels like to run at race pace. Running a race without doing Speedwork is like taking a test without studying. 

9.  Track teaches more than just speed.

Your body will learn better running economy. You'll be able to absorb lactic acid better. It's likely that your stride will become more powerful  and efficient if you add drills to the mix. Also, it gives your body something called after burn, which means you'll be burning more calories after running Speedwork than you normally would. 

Ready for a safe and fun Speedwork environment?

Join the Run St. Pete Facebook Group to get more info about the St. Pete Running Company Track Training Program. Feel free to ask the coaches a question, and check out the posts to see what has everyone so excited about Speedwork. Also feel free to visit the Training page on our site where you'll find more details and FAQs.

We have assembled an expert coaching team to help you become more efficient and faster at running.

Coaches:

Chris McCaffrey, employee at St. Pete Running Company and Personal Running Coach.

Dr. Brian Fullem, Clearwater based Sports Podiatrist, Author, Coach and former elite runner.

Cody Angell, St. Pete Running Company.

 

Check out this video from the most recent track workout!

 

 

 

 

Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.