If you find yourself running at the same pace every day and cannot seem to get faster, it is time to give speed work a try. Without speed work, I never would have gotten my pace fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
If your goal is to get faster, then follow these simple tips.
Marathons in this century have spiked in popularity. The Smithsonian reports almost 2 million people finished a half marathon in 2014 and since 2000 marathon participants have increased by at least double digits year over year.
A good part of the uptick in interest is the availability of and proximity to races. If a runner is remotely interested in playing pin-the-tail on the US map, wherever he spins around and marks will feature an associated marathon at the destination point within 20 miles.
As one of my favorite running partners says, “There’s no better way to see the sights of a spot than to run it...and there’s no better way to find out where to get a beer than asking the local runners.”
Words to live by.