When I began running, I certainly had no idea what “speed training” meant. I certainly didn’t plan on doing it, whatever it was. I thought you just ran as fast as you could run and called it a day (hmmm maybe this is why I got hurt so many times…?).
When I became an RRCA certified running coach and gained more experience as a runner, I learned a lot more about how runners can safely decrease their pace. It takes time and persistence, but eventually, running speed intervals, incorporating strides, and doing some key speed drills will help you get faster.
Still, there’s much to be learned. A lot of new runners — especially ones who assign themselves the title of “back of the pack” — may wonder where to begin. Good news — coach is in to help you out!
Most people who know me, and most of my athletes, are aware that I support run/walk/run intervals as developed by Olympian Jeff Galloway. Not only can RWR intervals help you recover quicker, but they can also help you continue running when you’re down for the count otherwise.
I mean, if someone told me I had to run three miles “without walk breaks” right now, I’d have to throw the towel in. A solid 30+ lbs and 32 weeks pregnant means I have to readjust my running style constantly, and thankfully, RWR intervals have given me the ability to continue running into my third trimester.
You don’t have to be pregnant to take advantage of Galloway’s RWR method, though! Consider these top five reasons why this is a great strategy for any runner.