Yesterday we completed a 3 mile tempo run with a 1 mile warm-up. This was the first time many of you had completed a tempo run, and we were pleasantly surprised with how well you did. In fact, maybe we need to make the workouts harder :)
You might be wondering a bit more about the tempo run - why do we do them? Do they work?
A tempo run is a faster workout/run that many call a lactate-threshold (LT) or threshold run. The idea of tempo running is to help improve metabolic fitness.
So, how do tempo runs work? Tempo runs work by increasing your LT (the point at which your body fatigues at a certain pace). Lactate and hydrogen ions are byproducts of metabolic fitness. During LT runs, the aforementioned lactate and hydrogen ions are released into your muscles. The ions make your muscles acidic which then leads to fatigue. So, the higher your LT, the better your muscles become at using these byproducts.
However, to reap the effects of an LT/tempo run, you have to put in the work at the right pace. It won't be easy, but if you want to nail that PR you'll do it, and you may even learn to love it.
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