Training: The Tempo Run

What’s A Tempo Run Anyway?

I’m never quite sure exactly what each type of training run is. Some people call it a threshold run as it means really pushing yourself for the middle part of your run. This has the same reasoning behind it as speed work in that you’re essentially teaching your body how to run faster. As they say, “if you want to run faster…you need to run faster!”

Last Night’s Training

So last night I went to the course that I have lovingly named ‘The Boring Corfe Mullen Run’. This is my winter course and involves starting at the bottom of a hill and running the entire length of the town and back again, equaling 5 miles.

As the run begins on a hill I take the first 5- 10 minutes slowly anyway, as you should do in a tempo run. After 10 minutes however, I upped my pace to my 5k pace of 6 minute miles, ran this for 15 minutes and then back down to my 10 mile pace for the last 10 minutes.

The below is what the start point of this run looks like in the middle of the day in summer. When I run it, it’s dark and invariably raining and cold!

Starting point for my Boring Corfe Mullen Run

Next Training

Same again tonight! Boring Corfe Mullen run but this time at just a gentle 7 minute mile pace all the way, after all I have a half-marathon on Sunday!

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