Happy Friday! Let’s jump right into this week’s quick tip for Fartlek Friday. I wanted to share some ways to find your training paces.
How To Find Your Training Paces
There are a few calculators available that can help you determine your paces. The two I recommend are Jack Daniel’s VDOT Running Calculator and the McMillan Running Calculator. These take the guesswork out of finding your paces and give you an idea of how fast your should be running for each of your runs.
Run Your Easy Runs By Feel
When it comes to easy runs, don’t worry as much about following a prescribed pace. Try to listen to your body and make sure you can hold a conversation while you are running. It also helps to make sure you are maintaining steady breathing during these kinds of runs.
Work With a Running Coach
Of course you can also work with a coach if you need more specific guidance with your training and paces. A coach can look at your training to determine if adjustments need to be made, which a calculator can’t do. For example, if you are running all your speedwork faster than prescribed, but struggling on your long run, there are tweaks we could make to your training and paces to make sure your workouts are still challenging you but that you are not too tired for your long run.
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Do you aim to run certain paces or just run by feel?
How do you determine your training paces?
Ever used a running calculator before?