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Running Workouts to Increase Speed

Training Programs for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Runners



1/16/2010 10:13:22 AM

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


1/6/2010 4:04:29 PM

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.


9/23/2009 8:28:49 AM

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!


9/22/2009 8:07:19 AM

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.


5/25/2009 5:06:20 AM

DWAN1969's SparkPage
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...


2/23/2009 12:42:37 PM

LINZ_AGAIN's SparkPage
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!!


1/14/2009 10:53:50 AM

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?


12/14/2008 8:56:16 AM

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.


8/14/2008 11:46:55 AM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
Thanks so much!

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