This week we’ll take a look at a shorter version of a training favorite, the progression run. Many runners, especially beginners, have a habit of starting too fast and then encountering problems later in the race or training run. Progression runs will help you understand your pace and how to properly apportion your effort over a long distance so that you’re not completely spent halfway through the run. The progression run is simple – slowly speed up as the run progresses so that you’re running the fastest part of the run at the very end. For our purposes on the track today, we’ll use laps as a consistent reference point so run five laps beginning at a pace slightly faster than your warmup pace and then slowly increase your speed on each lap, taking splits at each lap if you have a watch. Each lap should be about 5-10 seconds faster than the previous with the goal of hitting your 5K race pace on the 4th lap and 10 seconds faster than 5K race pace on the final lap. Take 2-3 laps active rest and then run another progression. After a short cooldown, make sure to finish off with the standard drill set and 4-5 50m strides.
Warmup: 10 minutes, include arm circles, reaches and upper body warmup as well as running
Session: 2 x 5 lap progression run x 2-3 lap jog.
Cooldown: 10 minutes followed by some basic running drills – butt kicks, high knees, skipping, heel slides, crossovers – no more than 100m each. Follow with 5 50m strides.