Strides – Strides are short, 100 meter (about 20-30 second) runs at about 90% of your maximum effort. They’re done after easy runs, either on a soft surface like grass or turf (but road will do if no other option is available) or up a slight incline. When done with a stride, walk back the same distance to make sure you’re getting full recovery (breathing is back to normal).
Sounds scary or confusing? If you attend senior led practices this summer, you will do your strides with the team and with the guidance of some very experienced runners. If you can’t come to every practice, that’s okay, but try doing strides on your own.
Purpose of strides:
– Improved running form
– Improved speed
– Improved running economy (you’ll be able to run faster for longer periods of time once we start official practices)