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  • Speed sessions?

     Mel updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 7 Posts
  • Gary Ludwin

    Member
    28/03/2021 at 11:02
    1278 Community Miles

    What are peoples thoughts on improving your speed. I’ve been doing a mix of interval sessions with my marathon training for the last few years and found them to be a great help.

    What’s people’s go to session?

  • Mel

    Moderator
    28/03/2021 at 14:39
    1096 Community Miles

    I’m told that hills are meant to be helpful… ?

    • Gary Ludwin

      Member
      29/03/2021 at 21:40
      1278 Community Miles

      I’ve got to do more hills, but I not sure how they help for speed, in my head they are more for strength in the legs

  • Heather

    Moderator
    29/03/2021 at 18:30
    1165 Community Miles

    Another vote for intervals here. I do either 200m, 400m, 600m or 800m or a variety. I have a challenging pace in mind for each and try and maintain consistency of it across reps. I’ve found its really helped my speed, I now know I have more gears, and also builds my confidence that I can hold a faster pace.

  • Gary Ludwin

    Member
    29/03/2021 at 21:41
    1278 Community Miles

    The one I go to but need to nail is 6 x 3 mins with 90 second jog recovery with a pace target at 5K PB pace. Typically with a 1 mile warm up and cool down

  • Heather

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    30/03/2021 at 10:20
    1165 Community Miles

    I think hills get your legs stronger, but stronger legs mean you get further each stride on the flat, cover more ground, therefore are faster. Plus hills could increase endurance so you would fatigue slower/maintain pace for longer on flats. Possibly!

  • Mel

    Moderator
    30/03/2021 at 14:38
    1096 Community Miles

    I was going to say something similar about the hills! Yes, I think the leg strength helps to power you through; it helps you cope better with hills on your route, too, and if there aren’t any then your perception of it being easier will also help you to go faster?

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