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2023 RunBlogRun Spring Training for the Middle Distances, Week Nine, Day 4, 800m to 5,000m, Thursday is a track day…

Larry Eder

This is Thursday, May 11. 2023.

This is track day, so stay focused.

Track days shake it up a bit and help prepare you for the stress and challenges of race days. We have done tempo, hill, and racing since January,

and I tend to keep the track days to 6-8 weeks to keep injuries down and focus up.

Your warm-up today is nice and slow, a good mile easy, then stretching, including pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, then 6 150 meter stride outs,

and now the track day: 8 x 400 meters at the current 5k race pace, with a 200-meter jog in between, then 800 meters of easy jogging, followed up by 8 x 200 meters, at the current mile pace, with a 200-meter jog in between, followed by 20 minutes of easy running and a good cooldown.

  • Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America’s first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: “I have to admit, I love traveling to far away…

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