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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > February 2019 > Focus on SPEED LIFE IN THE FAST LANE

Focus on SPEED LIFE IN THE FAST LANE

Speedwork has huge benefits for every runner, from those of us who plod around the block to runners wanting to beat their PBs, says Lisa Buckingham

Focus on speed

Many runners are intimidated by speedwork, but the truth is that you don’t need to be a fast runner to do it… it’s all about what’s fast for you. And it’s not only about making you speedier. Speed work is a great way to add variety to your training and challenge the different energy systems required for pleasurable, efficient running. “There are other myths that need clearing up about speedwork”, says top running and tri coach, Karen Weir. “Firstly, it will make you faster, but it’s not the only thing that will make you faster – building a good aerobic base with long, slow runs will also do that, along with strength and core work.

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About Women’s Running

Our new-look magazine is going from strength to strength, as are our tribe of happy runners! This issue we spoke to Mara Hafezi, a runner who is defying both her own and others’ expectations by sailing through the Marathon des Sables and by encouraging women of colour to take up running. If you’re inspired by Mara, our beginner’s guide will get you off the sofa and into your trainers in no time, and then for a bit of extra motivation, you might want to have a glance at our half marathon training guides. There’s one for beginners as well as for those of you who want to smash your PB at the next 13.1-miler. We focus on speedwork this issue too, and how building on your speed can power the rest of your running – even if it hurts while you’re doing it! Plus this issue, we’ve got the only core workout you’ll ever need: build it into your running schedule to see quick results with your strength and speed on the road. Then wind down with our feature on Sophrology: just how can this mindful practice help us live more in the moment and actually run better?