If you’re feeling pretty good running 4 km and now you want to take it to the next level, this is the training guide for you. Over 8 weeks, you’ll build up your speed, strength and endurance to reach your personal best.
Training days explained
Run: This refers to running at a pace that you are comfortable with. The key is that you cover the distance.
Fast run: There is no specific definition for this speed – it just needs to be faster than the comfortable pace you regularly run at. Get into the habit of timing your regular runs and your fast runs to ensure you are stepping up the speed a little.
Long run: Each weekend in this guide includes a long run, defined by time rather than distance. Run these at a comfortable pace – don’t think about how fast or far you’re going, just enjoy getting your legs moving. This is also a good opportunity to try out new courses or even go off road with some trail running.
Interval training: This is how you improve your speed. Interval training involves bursts of running at an increased pace, followed by a recovery period running at a slower pace. For examole, run 400 m hard and fast, and recover by jogging or walking 400 m then repeat. Before interval training it’s important to warm up by jogging a kilometre or two, stretching, and doing a few sprints of 100 m. Cool down afterwards with a short jog.
Tempo run: This training technique involves continuous runs with an easy beginning, a build up in the middle, then ease back and cruise to the finish. A typical tempo run begins with 5-10 minutes easy running, continues with 10-15 minutes faster running, and finishes with 5-10 minutes cooling down.
Rest: Rest days are an important part of your training. They give you an opportunity for your body to recover and your muscles to build in strength. Don’t be tempted to skip your recovery days – giving your body a rest will lead to better results in the long run.
Don’t forget to stretch!
It’s important to start each training session with some stretches and gentle movement to prepare your body for your workout. After your session, cool down with more stretches to help with recovery.
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