It doesn’t matter what you are training for – it may be a local 5k or a marathon major… or even an ultra – you need to hit the track.
Today’s post features one of my go-to track workouts: 1000m repeats
The great thing about 1000m repeats is that they can be for everyone. For example:
Beginner: 4 x 1000m (with 2 minutes rest between reps)
Intermediate: 6 x 1000m (with 1 minute rest between reps)
Advanced: 8 x 1000m (with 200m jog between reps)
Overachiever: 10 x 1000m (with 200m jog between reps)
One of the reasons I love 1000m repeats is that we all have become a little too comfortable running 800m repeats. Now, I’m not assigning blame or pointing fingers…
Seriously though, you can’t keep doing the same workouts and expect different race results. If you want to improve (get faster, run longer, lose weight, etc.), you have to do something differently.
You want to start out a little slower and get progressively faster. If you go out too fast, you will be riding the pain train home. Personally, I run the first few reps at my 5k race pace and see where I’m at. I recommend you do the same. For example, if you run a 25:00 5k, you want to run your 1000s in 5:00. If you run a 21:00 5k, you want to run yours in 4:12. Of course, like I said above, if you feel comfortable at that speed, you want to get progressively faster.
The Experts Agree:
Do you do track workouts?
What is your go-to workout?