Threshold workouts are a staple of almost every training program in modern athletics, from beginners to elites. They might call them ‘tempo runs’ or ‘steady state runs’ or even ‘comfortably hard runs’. Regardless of what they are called, Threshold workouts are extremely effective way to help people run longer, faster, and make it easier! They do this by stressing, but not straining the different energy systems that we use as endurance athletes. Because of the bend, not break nature of these workouts, each runner has an individual pace that they should run. There are a couple of ways to do threshold runs, either as longer steady runs or run as intervals with very short recoveries.
According to Dr. Jack Daniels, the “world’s best running coach”, according to Runner’s World magazine, threshold training paces are very important. Threshold pace is dependent on your current fitness, not your fitness a year ago, or how fast you plan to run next year, but how fast you can run now. To get a general idea of threshold pace, Jack Daniels suggests you run the pace you could run for a 50-60 minute race, which would be between a 10k and Half Marathon. This threshold pace should feel ‘comfortably hard’ but should never cross that line to where you feel the pace is muscularly difficult.
A longer steady threshold run is most effective when it is 20-30 minutes. Conveniently Gear West’s Thursday Threshold runs hosted at Baker park and sponsored by Gear West, Salomon, and Smartwool are 4 miles.
THURSDAY THRESHOLD TRAIL RUN SERIES
Sponsored by: GEARWEST + Salomon + Smartwool
Thursday Threshold is a series of five, four-mile, timed training runs in Baker Park. Meet at Snap Fitness in Maple Plain at 6:30pm. The cost is $10 for each run or $45 for all five. Swag and treats follow the run - including a squat challenge.
JULY 9TH / JULY 23RD / AUG 6TH / AUG 20TH / SEPT 3RD
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-Posted by Corey Towle on Jun 25th 2015