Smarter, Stronger Runs:  Pick Ups

As a coach, I love using pick ups to introduce speed work to athletes.  Whether I am working with a new runner to build endurance and strength or an experienced runner preparing to start a longer training cycle, pick ups are great for all runners.

When I mention speed work, most runners assume track workouts.  That is hardly the case.  Track work can be intimidating for newer runners, boring for experienced runners.  There are a few outliers who love the track – hooray for them – and by all means can complete pick up workouts there.

Personally, I love the track for interval workouts, but find my happy place for all other workouts on roads and trails.  Plus, my races do not occur on a track.  I try to train on the surfaces that closely mimic race conditions (surface and elevation).  Continue reading