You may have noticed that even when I’m not training for a race, I really enjoy incorporating various types of running workouts into my routine. Over the last few months I’ve included fartlek runs, tempo runs, and progression runs into my training. There are so many options for workouts that can be done to maintain and build fitness even when there is not a specific race on the horizon. These workouts also help keep things interesting so you’re not running at the same steady pace day after day!
Some of these runs are focused on preparing you for a certain distance. However, you can still run them even if you are not planning to do a race of that distance any time soon. They will still help you to build fitness during the off-season!
I’ve broken down these workouts into the following categories: short workouts, mid-distance workouts, and long workouts.
(Each of these workouts has it’s own pinnable image, so you can save the ones you like by hovering over the image and saving to Pinterest! Or use the image above and just click back to this post later to access the workouts. Click the link above each workout to see the original post with description.)
Short Workouts (Less than 45 minutes)
Mid-Distance Workouts (45-75 minutes)
Long-Distance Workouts (More than 75 minutes)
One thing to keep in mind if you add in any of these workouts: If you are not training for a race/following a training plan, it’s best to keep the rest of your runs for the week easy. Also, give yourself at least a day of recovery between more than one hard workout (this included heavy lifting or a long run).
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What is your favorite kinds of running workout to do when you’re not training?
Do you do speedwork/tempo runs during the off-season?
Do you prefer short, medium, or long distance workouts?
I’m linking up with No Guilt Life, MCM Mama Runs, and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Tuesdays on the Run, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for the Coaches’ Corner and Annmarie and Nicole,for Wild Workout Wednesday!