This piece first appeared on Women’s Running.
More, more, more! It’s cliché to say we live in a world where more is perceived as better. Run more miles to get faster! Foam roll more often to prevent injures! Strength train more frequently to get stronger! Eat more green veggies!
What do you do when you don’t have more time to run? Here are solutions to fitting in three different key training workouts when time is limited.
Problem: You only have 30 minutes to run and you can’t make it to the track for speed work.
Solution: Speed Bursts
Run for 15 minutes at an easy pace. Then alternate running 15 seconds fast with 45 seconds slow. Do this five times. End the workout by running for 10 minutes at an easy pace.
Problem: You don’t have enough time to increase the distance of your weekly long run due to family or work obligations.
Solution: Fast Finish
Run the same distance you ran last week, but run the last mile or half mile at tempo effort or what feels like 10K race pace.
Problem: You don’t have enough time to wait for your GPS to catch a satellite before your tempo run.
Solution: Out and Back
Run in one direction for a set amount of time. When your time is up, turn around and run the same route in the opposite direction but try to make it back to your starting point in a shorter amount of time.