Some of My Favorite Runs!

With two kids now, I’ve learned to sneak in my early morning workouts before they wake up. It’s the only time in my day that works with our schedule. Usually I’m able to get about an hour to myself on the open roads or the track, alone. {I have an awesome hubby who stays back with the babies!} Although I’ve never followed a specific training plan, I do have a few favorite workouts that I rotate through.

These all fit within an hour or less {depending on your warm up and cool down} and you can adjust them to your specific training speed.

  • The Classic Long Run. I have an out and back route I take if I have a kiddo in tow and a loop around town if I’m by myself. For the most part I keep this run at a nice, steady pace, and try to finish strong.
  • Yasso 800s. This was a workout designed for marathoners, but anyone can do it
    . The idea being that you do an 800 in the time you’d like to finish a marathon. {Example: finish a marathon in 4 hours, then you should be able to do 8-10 x 800s in 4 minutes with 4 minutes rest in between) At the end of this workout you will tired (but not too tired) and strong!
  • Road Run Ladder. This ladder is always fun in the middle of the week to keep your legs fresh and speedy. One minute tempo or race pace, then 1 min jog. Two minutes tempo or race pace, then 1 minute jog. Continue this pattern (race pace/jog 1 minute) for 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 minutes.
  • Track Ladder. We have a 600 meter track exactly 15 minutes from my house which makes for a perfect warm up and cool down. Once I get to the track I do a ladder, faster than race pace. 400 meters/200m recovery – 600 meters/200m recovery -800-1200-800-600-400.
  • 5 x 1 mile repeats at race pace or faster with a 3 minute jog in between each. This workout helps me with my pace and gives me confidence for race day. I keep track of my mile times, but when I’m running I don’t look to see if I’m hitting my pace on my Garmin. I try to feel it out and pace myself throughout the workout.
  • Exploration Run. These are some of my favorite runs! I love stumbling upon new roads and places I’ve never been, while taking time to appreciate the nature around me. We just moved to the Netherlands, so I’m learning my way around our city this way.
  • Hills!! Where we live is known as the “Alps of the Netherlands” which means there are about 4 very small hills in the whole city! Although most races are flat here, it’s still wise to do hill repeats. I’ve heard it said that hills are like weight training for our legs. Find a hill that takes you about 1 or 2 minutes to run and then jog slowly back down, repeat 6 to 12 times.

These are a few of my favorite types of runs that I try to do regularly  whether I’m training for a race or not. I make sure to have a mixture of speed, slow, intervals, and fun runs, and ofcourse always listen to my body throughout the week and make adjustments as necessary.

Now it’s your turn! I’d love for you to share some of your favorite workouts- running or not.

I always love getting some fresh ideas to keep things exciting!