Tag: Running

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

Slower than a Snail, Riding on a Turtle

While Tony's away (and likely running on a beautiful beach somewhere along the West Coast), check out what our guest blogger, Mamie's, up to back in the Midwest. We have a feeling if you're not already running, you're going to want to join the race after reading what's on her mind.  more

Tags: This Week in Runners, Running, pace, pacing, Marathon, Race, the y, YMCA, inspiration, motivation, determination, Family, Community, neighbors

I'll Have a Run for Lunch

CoachTonyVan D's on vacation this week, so check out our guest blogger, Shawnie D!

One of my favorite things to do is to run with colleagues over my lunch hour. There are days when I feel like I accomplished more during my thirty-minute run than my eight hours at work that same day. I find that I am more honest, direct, and open-minded when having a conversation while running outside versus in a meeting room in the office.  more

Tags: This Week in Runners, the y, YMCA, Running, meetings, runner, cardio, health, fitness, fitblr, fit, Run

Runners, Warm Up Your Engines!

Have you ever run a race or start an interval workout where you find yourself breathing harder than you feel you should be at that pace, and your legs feel like they're stuck in mud? Eventually your body adapts and you begin to feel more comfortable, either in subsequent intervals or later in the race. This is why you run a warmup first. more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, warmup, racing, lactate threshhold

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