STRIDES: THE SE­CRET IN­GRE­DI­ENT

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

With all this run­ning at pace, and slower (keep­ing your easy runs easy), it’s im­por­tant not to for­get the strides. The strides should actually be faster than your 5k pace, maybe 10 –20 sec­onds per kilo­me­tre faster (though you’ll only be run­ning for 15 sec­onds so you prob­a­bly don’t want to rely on your watch for the pace). These will strengthen your legs, and teach your brain and mus­cles to work to­gether at a fast pace. This co­or­di­na­tion will al­low you to have a nice kick in the fi­nal stretch of your race (al­though the main fac­tor de­ter­min­ing how fast you can fin­ish will be your over­all aer­o­bic fit­ness, which is actually im­proved through the easy runs).

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