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TEMPOS FRAYED

DO YOU KNOW YOUR TEMPO RUNS FROM YOUR CRUISE REPEATS? CARL LEIVERS IS ON HAND TO CUT THROUGH THE JARGON SO YOU CAN MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPEEDY SESSIONS

SPEED SESSIONS

Tempo runs have been a major part of distance training for decades. But the term ‘tempo run’ often means different things to different people, and the phrase can sometimes be so general that it stops meaning anything at all.

The confusion over the term is partly because there are a variety of popular workouts that work to improve your fitness in similar ways. You may have heard some of the names: cruise repeats, tempo repeats, steady state runs, etc.

When done correctly, each of these workout types help to increase the pace you can run at your lactate threshold (when lactate begins to accumulate in your body). That pace is “the number one determinant of distance running success”, according to exercise physiologist Greg McMillan, M.S., whose graduate work focused on studying lactate threshold in distance runners.

With so much to gain from workouts that fall in what McMillan calls the “lactate threshold zone”, they should be included in training plans for a wide variety of distances.

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