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  • 10 miles
  • 01:30 time
  • 09:00 pace
  • 1317 calories
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
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good Precor 10 mi 01:30 09:00 pace

Progressive run. Started @6mph, worked my way up to 7.5mph. Took a Hammer gel at mile 5 to carry me through strong. I'd like to improve my turnover and general speed in runs up to 10k. Does it make any sense to do speedwork if my end goal is the marathon? I'd like to hear some opinions...

  • Michael

    Great mileage! I've looked at some of the Hal Higdon plans (, though I just look at them for guidance on building my base. However, some of the marathon plans do indeed include speed work.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Joy M.
    Joy M.

    Great miles today, Brian! I'm definitely not an expert, but a lot of the more advanced runners I know include speedwork in their marathon training.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay B.

    Speed work if your goal is more than to just finish; if you have a time in mind that you want to beat, which I belive you do, the speed work is important!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Dadrunsfar J.
    Dadrunsfar J.

    I do speedwork and I'm training for a 100 miler. speedwork is great for improving overall fitness.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Amy O.
    Amy O.

    I start marathon training next week and I have speed work in my training plan.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Rob O.
    Rob O.

    I always try to have each training run have a specific purpose, hill training, tempo runs, speed workouts, easy runs and increasing distance each week pretty much sums it up for me. Most training plans include all of these elements, not a bad idea to look around at training plans tailored for whatever race distance you plan. You need not follow them to the T, but I have found them to be a good guide to keep me focused on my goals :-)

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Brian M.
    Brian M.

    Thanks for the feedback. The Pfitz plan I am gonna use has some strides in some of the weekly runs but I don't really consider that a speed workout. Maybe I will incorporate a few custom interval runs into the program. Although this year I did PR in the 4 mile and would have in the half if it wasn't so hilly but I attribute that to my increased mileage.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Peneloperae

    Great work. I recently read (in a Tri Mag) that for endurance/long races, slow distance training is the most important with a little bit of speed work thrown in. The trainer suggested that much of the research on speed training does not consider the longer-term issue of training stress and how it can impair performance. He then explained something about how it is more important to train your body to efficiently use fat vs glucose stores or something like that (slow aerobic work). :)

    over 6 years ago Like