This week's workout Wednesday comes from Steelhead Coaching, an awesome coaching group based out of Portland. Time to get that heart pumpin' with this dynamic workout.
As we near our race season it's essential to work all our HR zone systems. I come across many athletes that drone along without much variance in speed/pace or HR. I've never run a race where I stayed at a particular HR and pace the whole way. There are hills, turns, starts, aid stations, and other participants as well as the sometimes bathroom break. Challenge your physical systems.
This workout is designed to start sharpening your fitness work and build that speed you want. You've probably been doing some base work and have begun to feel your fitness getting better. Now is an excellent time to push your body in short bursts towards that end goal of a faster run. This work is a great way to teach your body to accept a quicker pace. You can increase the surge times as the weeks go by allowing adaptation of speed to occur. Staying controlled through this workout mitigates the chances for pushing yourself too hard which can lead to injury.
Warm Up: 5 - 10 min (walk/jog/run)
The WU is more important than you realize. Your heart is much happier over time if you warm it up and warm it down after workouts.
Main Set: Surges - 10K distance
Run 2 minute at a 5K pace, recover 1 minute
Run 1 minute at a 5K pace, recover 30 seconds
Run 30 seconds at 5K pace, recover 30 seconds
Repeat for entire 10K
Your recover pace should be about 80% of your 10K pace.
Warm Down: 5 - 10 min (run/jog/walk it out)
Thanks again to Steelhead Coaching for this workout!
Hills can frankly suck, but they can also be your friend for speed and overall strength. If you live near a hill, take advantage. If not, this would be a good reason to head out to an area such as McDonald State Forest or Bald Hill. Give this workout a shot, and mix it up as you get more comfortable with the format.
15 minutes easy6 x 2 minutes uphill
Walk or jog back down for 3-4 minutes to recover
15 minutes easy
You do this once a week, and over time I am confident you will notice a difference.
Vámonos Coaching knows how important it is to maintain speed, especially when you're deep into your training plan.
It's easy to start off fast and end with less pep (we've all been there). Here's a workout that'll help you better control the gears.
2 mile warm up
3 x (2mi at 10k pace, 1/2mi at 5k pace) *2mins rest after each set
2 mile cool down
You could adjust the sets as you get more comfortable with this format (e.g. upping the ante to 4-5 miles at slightly easier paces for those going after the marathon).
Happy tearing it up out there!
This Workout Wednesday comes from Vámonos Coaching. Giddy up and take his advice: make the track your friend!
Workout Wednesday baby! To make gains in your running game, a little red zone work is key, and the oval is one of the best spots for this. Even one visit per week can make a significant impact over time. And it doesn’t have to be as intense as you might think.
Consider making a trip to the local track. Besides your normal running getup, having at least a regular stopwatch and water bottle will be great to bring with. Give this workout a try, and as you get more comfortable hitting these reps you could mix it up. Or add more hot sauce to the pace.
6 laps EZ pace
5 minutes recovery w/ lite dynamic stretch session (so many great options out there)
2 laps while striding (not sprinting) the straightaways
1 min walk
5 laps- first 300m at 7/10 effort, last 100m finish strong. 30sec walk after each lap
1 min walk
2x800m- first 600m at 7/10 effort, last 200m finish strong. 1min walk after each 800m
1 min walk
4 laps EZ pace
That’s it! Again, you could mix this up over time. Make the oval your friend.
Thank you Vámonos Coaching for the workout! See Vamonos Coaching or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Today’s workout from Pure Endurance isn’t a workout at all (or is it??)
Taking it easy is important too. We post a lot of workouts designed to get you faster, stronger, more agile, etc. but it’s time to focus on the often overlooked shakeout run/easy spin/relaxing flounder.🏊♂️
The day after that next tough interval session, long run, or tempo, take a day to enjoy a more relaxed pace and short distance. This sort of light exercise will help reduce soreness and help muscle fibers heal, leaving you feeling fresher and less injury prone!
Shakeout: Best done occasionally when sore or fatigued instead of a full rest day. Keep the pace conversational and easy, similar to your warmup pace before a big race.
Most importantly: keep it low stress, low intensity, and have fun!!
With winter weather still very much a part of PNW life right now, here is a session that can be done on the trainer to add a bit of intensity and get those legs ready for more race like efforts ahead as the weather improves.
Warm up: for 20:00 slow build from very ez to long endurance pace (low Z2)
Pre main set: 4 x 4:00 builds from Z2-Z4 (Z4 is a strong effort but not breathless)
Main set: 5 rounds of 7:00 on 3:00 RI as follows👇
-7:00 at comfortable endurance effort (low Z2) / 3:00 RI ez spin
-7:00 at smooth effort (mid Z2) / RI 3:00 ez spin
-7:00 at moderate/strong effort (upper Z2) / RI 3:00 ez spin
-7:00 at strong effort (Z3) / RI 3:00 ez spin
-7:00 at very strong effort (Z4) / RI 3:00 ez spin
Cool down: 5-10:00 ez spin
Uffda! Did that get your legs pumped just thinking about it or what?! Thanks to Jon and Kristen of Pure Endurance Coaching for this cool early season bike workout.
Newer swimmers often get in the pool and just swim at one pace that is neither easy nor hard enough to improve endurance or speed. Find yourself in a swim rut? Try mixing up the intensities a bit to spice up those swim workouts. Plus it helps the time in the pool go faster! Happy swimming! 🤠
Warm up: 300yd very easy (mix of swim and pull with paddles and Pull buoy).
200 pull with PB and paddles (slight build here second 1/2)
Drills: 6x25 RI :10”
kick drill (with fins if available) with 1 arm forward and other at side, either snorkel or without, focus is long reach and stretch, switch arms at the wall (working on finding long streamlined position here)
Pre main set: RI: 20” all
8x50 as (build, breakout, ez, fast) X2
Main set: 3 rounds of 4x100 (1200 total)
4x100 as (25 fast, 75 smooth), (25 smooth, 25 fast, 50 smooth), (50 smooth, 25 fast, 25 smooth), (75 smooth, 25 fast)
RI :10-:15 between 100's, and bonus :30 RI after every 4th 100
Cool down: 100yd Easy pull or swim
This is a great session for starting to add some intensity into your swim sessions. For more experienced swimmers the 100's in the main set can be exchanged for 200's and the fast 25's changed to 50's
Thanks to coaches Jon and Kristen of @Pure_endurance for this awesome swim workout!
Here are some great strength training tips to improve core strength and overall stability from Pure Endurance coach Kristen Lipscomb!
Pelvic floor and Core (not JUST for the pregnant or postpartum athlete). With two kids, one only 5 months old, I know the importance of working on my pelvic floor and core strength before, during and after pregnancy. But in truth, we ALL can use these exercises to improve our core fitness, no matter our age or gender. The core muscles allow the pelvis, low back, hips and abdomen to work together with stability. A strong core can lead to less fatigue and fewer injuries. So, here's a quick set of exercises that can help build your core and pelvic floor.
Repeat the set of exercises 2-3x with short rest between exercises:
-Glute bridge(15): Lie face up on floor with knees bent and feet flat on ground. Lift glutes off the ground until knees, hips and shoulders are in a line. Hold position for a couple seconds before returning to ground.
-Side Plank(30sec each side): Start on side with feet together and upper body supported on one arm at the elbow with forearm under the shoulder. Contract core to raise hip off the ground to form straight line from head to feet.
-Bird Dog(15 each side): Start on hands and knees. Keeping back and pelvis still, reach forward with one arm and back with opposite leg. Return to starting position. Repeat on other side.
-Superman(30 sec): Lie face down on stomach. Simultaneously raise arms, legs and chest off the floor by contracting your low back and core muscles. Hold for a couple seconds before returning to ground.
-Dead Bug(15 each side): Lie on back with arms up in front of face. Bend hips and knees to 90 degrees (like doing hands and knees toward the ceiling). Extend one foot toward the floor and bring opposite arm overhead. Keep core tight and don't arch lower back. Return arm and leg to starting position. Repeat with opposite arm and leg.
Like the workout or have any questions? Contact the coaches directly at email@example.com
Stellar local endurance sport coaches, Kristen Lipscomb and Jon Booth of Pure Endurance Coaching www.ndurancecoach.com, will be providing all of us with some awesome workouts, motivation, recipes, and other tips and tricks for the month of February! Read on:👍
Long runs are the bread and butter of your run endurance training. The goal of most long runs is to develop your aerobic base. Perfect for winter months of training. One of the most common mistakes in running a long run is going TOO HARD! When you run too hard, you're stuck in the grey area of not really training your aerobic OR anaerobic systems. This means you won't benefit as much from the training time you're putting in or allow your body to recover as well for your higher intensity training sessions.
If you train by pace, your long run should be in zone 2, about 70-80% of your threshold pace (for example if your 30 min threshold run pace is 8:00/mile, your zone 2 pace would be 9:07-10:20/mile). If you train with heart rate, you should aim for 65-80% of your max heart rate. Another good way to judge your effort is a talk test -- you should be able to speak in full sentences and have a conversation during your long run. That's why some call it conversational pace! If you can't do that, slow down until you can. Slow down, save your extra energy for your hard Zone 4/Zone 5 days, and you might see a big jump in your fitness!
Like what you hear or have questions? Reach out to the coaches themselves at www.ndurancecoach.com
Here’s a bike workout perfect for re-entry into a training plan after the offseason courtesy of Chris Bagg Coaching Group
RE-ENTRY BIG GEAR BIKE WORKOUT 💪
This big-gear workout is ideal for an indoor trainer ride. If you’re a Zwift-er, consider hilly loop and opt for the climbs when you have a change to “turn.” It’s also ideal to wake up legs that have been resting during off-season...
20 minutes of easy riding (don’t get sucked into Zwift competition!)
5 x through the following: -8 minutes hard climbing @ 70-80 RPM (80-90% of your threshold power, or a 6 out of 10 effort)
-4 minutes easy-moderate at choice RPM
40 minutes moderate-hard climbing @ 70-80 RPM (75% of your threshold, 5 out of 10)
Cool down of choice 🤠👍