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Running Workouts to Increase Speed

Training Programs for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Runners

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  • LIVINGONMYTERMS
    I saved this article since I want to start running again. Well thinking about it anyway. I have not done that since high school. I was wondering though, I was told that if your just starting out you should walk 100 paces, run(jog) 100 paces and gradually increase. Very good article though. - 1/17/2010 3:24:46 PM
  • thanks, I just printed out the guidline for beginner and intermediate and reading this just inspired me to get my shoes on and jump on the treadmill - 1/16/2010 10:13:22 AM
  • This is great. I'm still working on the Couch to 5k program (which is fantastic!) but I'm starting to think about how I can speed up--my current running pace is 4.5mph! Very slow. I'm saving this article for sure. - 1/6/2010 4:04:29 PM
  • PANINOGIRL
    I looked at this article because I began running in mid-April, and now I'm working to increase my speed. If you are new to running, I HIGHLY recommend the Couch-to-5K running plan. I used the timed intervals (it bases things on a 10-minute mile, which I'm not close to yet!) and went from struggling to run one full minute to running 2 5K races and up to 45 minutes straight!

    http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/
    181.shtml - 9/23/2009 8:28:49 AM
  • NEXTYEAR
    Thanks for giving us these guidelines. I'm going to try using the intensity guidelines on my second one-mile walk today. It won't get up to 7 , but I will make it hard in the middle. - 9/22/2009 8:07:19 AM
  • I'm going to try this today...I haven't ever jogged for any more than 5 mins at a time before running out of steam so we will see how I do... - 5/25/2009 5:06:20 AM
  • I did the beginner workout today and it was fantastic! I didn't know I could run at that pace! I think I will base my other long runs off of this to help increase my pace. Thanks!! - 2/23/2009 12:42:37 PM
  • Thanks for this, Jen, I'm definitely going to add it to my favorites list. Right now, I am working on distance, increasing my runs by .25 each week to get up to 3 miles by February. When would be the best time for me to incorporate your speed routine into my running training? Am I better off waiting until February to switch the focus to speed, or should I change thins up and complete two distance runs and one speed run each week? - 1/14/2009 10:53:50 AM
  • ANGEL818
    This gives me something to work toward. At this point, I'm so out of shape that I'm lucky to jog for 1 minute at 4.0 mph. But I do know that I am making progress. Ten months ago, I could barely just walk for 30 minutes and running was out of the question. - 12/14/2008 8:56:16 AM
  • Thanks so much! - 8/14/2008 11:46:55 AM

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