To get us started on our training program, there are a few terms to differentiate: (I will add to this list as the weeks go on, starting with these three keeps it simple…)
Base Run: This type of run makes up the BULK of our training as endurance athletes, it is a moderate intensity and short to medium length run. They can be done every day and are the “mainstay” of a training program. Technically, along with one long run a week, this could be it for training. It builds fitness and can be done frequently to build VOLUME in a week- the more kms you do, the fitter you get.
Endurance Run: Otherwise known as the Long Slow Distance run, this is what gets progressively longer during our program, occurs on Sundays, and builds our cardiovascular fitness. It is done at a slow pace, sometimes running 10 minutes and walking one minute as recommended. You should be able to chat during this run and feel like you could ALMOST go forever.
Fartlek Run: Is a base pace run with sections of time where you pick up the pace, interspersed through the run, without rest periods. This builds strength and leg speed.
To get added to this list in the near future, Tempo Runs & Intervals.
That’s all for now!