We all know it’s important to practice holding consistent pacing mile after mile so we don’t crash on race day. But when you practice your marathon pace or your 10k pace or your lactic acid pace how do you know you are at the right pace? Maybe you rely on a GPS watch that jumps around wildly between paces. Maybe you drove down your street to estimate the distance with your car. Or worse – maybe you gave up and just started doing workouts on a treadmill to be sure you don’t fall behind. When you’re focused on fine-tuning all the details like I am, you want your lactic threshold workouts to actually stress and improve those systems so you get faster.
Several GPS watches, a foot pod, and four heart rate monitors later, I can tell you that nothing beats knowing exactly the length of your training loop and nailing the same time it every lap. After all, isn’t that why track workouts are done on a track? It’s certainly not because we like turning left. On a track, we can check our pace every 400, 200 or even 100 meters, and luckily, with a little extra prep, we can do that for our off-the-track runs too. And the best part is that it’s actually easier than finding clean-enough running tights on laundry day. Read more >>