Should You Run Fast And Short Or Slow And Long?

Is there an actual 'best' speed and distance to run?


NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training!

Q: Is it best to run fast and short, or slow and long?

It’s best to do a little bit of both! Running short and fast,  with breaks, works your anaerobic energy system, while running longer and more slowly works your aerobic system. It’s important to exercise both systems in order to achieve overall progression in fitness.

Plus, with the variety in training, you avoid the monotony of doing the same run each day. Don’t forget that “short and fast” can mean intervals, fartleks or even hill repeats!

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