To Speed Or Not To Speed That Is The Question!
I recently sat down with Nike Run Coach Rejean Chiasson for a quick chat on Speed Running (His bio HERE)! I completed a 5 week Nike Run Club Series of Speed Runs focusing on track work in January and early February and it left me thinking a lot about them! I have a love/hate relationship with these type of runs but he breaks down why you need to add one to your weekly routine.
WHAT IS A SPEED RUN?
“A Speed Run is basically intervals of various faster speeds and lengths with short rests in between.”
WHY SHOULD WE ADD A SPEED RUN TO OUR WEEKLY ROUTINE?
“You should add a Speed Run to change your routine so you aren’t doing the same easy runs all the time. They are good bang for your buck and they help increase your overall speed. If you want to get faster you have to incorporate Speed Runs into your regular running routine.”
GIVE US AN EXAMPLE OF A SPEED RUN WE CAN DO AT HOME:
“An easy way to measure a Speed Run is by blocks. Run as fast as you can for 2 or 3 blocks and then rest for a minute. Repeat this 5 or 6 times and you will definitely feel it.”
I also wanted to get Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath’s opinion on my love/hate Speed Running relationship. She simply said this and I had an Oprah “ah ha” moment.
“We like to operate in our comfort zones but what exists inside our comfort zones are things we are already good at. In order to grow we have to challenge ourselves to goals beyond our comfort zones. Why do we stay inside our comfort zones? It’s usually fear. Fear exists and its hard to move outside of them. But once you acknowledge that fear is an emotion, you can overcome it and you can push through.”
Eva (Her website HERE) nailed why I hate them so much…I guess I should go for a speed run right now!
Top two pictures by Auburn Lane HERE
Bottom three pictures taken at the last NRC Speed Run by Jess Baumung HERE
All clothes Nike – Join me for a Nike Speed Run HERE