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Determine Your Threshold Pace

Tempo runs are the bread and butter of most training programs. Tempo runs are steady runs of at least 20 minutes at an intensity aimed to raise the lactate threshold. Different methods can be used to determine your threshold pace, from something as seemingly vague as feel ("comfortably hard") to more exact measurement of 88-92% of maximum heart rate, and Dr. Jack Daniel's "pseudo V-dot-O2max," also known as his VDOT formula. more

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Run, Running, training, tempo, threshold pace, Dr. Jack Daniels, VDOT

This Week in Amazing Track Performances

It's been a big week for American distance athletes, with two American records and several other significant performances. In a year with no World Championships or Olympics, it's an exciting opportunity for athletes to push their limits to achieve some of the fastest times in history. They're inspiring to us mere mortals, and to future running stars. more

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Prefontaine Classic, Diamond League, Adrian Martinez Classic, american records, Galen Rupp, Shannon Rowbury, Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn, Matt Centrowitz, Garrett O'Toole

Time Out

We’ve been rushing around the past few days. Yesterday, we visited with two moms groups, went to the Y and dropped the baby in the Kids’ Zone, and then scurried to meet a visiting cousin for dinner, not getting home until way past bedtime (for all of us). No wonder we had a crankypants on our hands before the food arrived. And the baby wasn’t happy, either!  more

Tags: This Week in Moms, the y, YMCA, child, Children, youth, development, engagement, Relaxation, quiet, downtime, parenting, advice

Synchronize Your Watches: It’s Flip-Flop Time!

We’re itching in our britches to leave school behind and get out into summer. Into the long summer afternoons when the days stretch into night and watermelon drips down our elbows. Tie up loose ends at school and get ready, it’s coming. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, YMCA, the y, youth development, Moms, Mom, Mommy, child, Children, summer, School, camp, outdoors, outside, tips, free time, sun, teacher, spelling bee, peanut butter

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