As we are heading into the off season, it’s time to start thinking about what simple tools you can do now which will help your running next season. Hopefully over the next few months you will see strides, trails, hills and various forms of strength and play on your schedule. All of these will help boost your fitness to the next level come next spring and summer.
Strides is the first off season training tool we are going to talk about. Expect to see these on your schedule. There are different ways to do strides but we are defining them as 4 x 20 seconds of faster running that are added on towards the end of your scheduled easy run.
Strides are a great way to introduce speed work or speed play as we like to think about them. These are very short bursts where you run at a fast pace deliberately. But they are short enough to not be very taxing yet still provide neuromuscular benefits.