There are two types of people in the world. Those who love to run and those who hate to run. But no matter what type of person you are, you still have to run to get to the finish line of a triathlon.
Unlike swimming, running comes fairly naturally to most of us. However, running after swimming and biking is a bit more challenging. To help get you to the finish line with strong legs and a smile, here are our top triathlon running tips:
Use speed training to get faster and to make running easier. Without beating around the bush, running faster is the only way to run faster. Say your regular pace is a 9-minute mile. By pushing yourself to run at a 8-flat pace (or even an all out sprint) for a brief period of time, you’re increasing your pace threshold little by little and eventually, that 8-minute mile pace will feel easier.
Now obviously you can’t hold a fast pace forever, but the more you push it, eventually the faster you will run. By running at a pace that is difficult to maintain, you are getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and it will be easier for you to push yourself on race day.
For an even bigger challenge, try doing a few interval sprints or fartleks towards the end of your run–when your legs are tired. This will help you build strength and endurance so that when you hop off your bike and start to run during your triathlon, you’ll feel strong and fast.
Welp, Davey said that my run tip should be good because I identify with the second group of people. Running is not my favorite. I was not “born to run”. However, he’s right, because even this slow running can attest to the fact that the more you push yourself, the easier running gets. So put your headphones in, crank up your power song and go for it!
My best tip for the run is to do a few brick workouts, like this one in your training.
It’s one thing to go for a run, but to run after biking when your legs are tired and wobbly, well, that’s a whole different story. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a fast or slow runner, it is still hard to run after biking. The sooner you get used to this feeling, the better you’ll fare on race day.
By doing some bike/run bricks in training, you’ll strengthen your legs and be able to push through the jello feeling until you find your groove.
You’ll also be able to figure out a strategy that works best for you, whether that be taking shorter strides when you first start out, taking a few seconds to stretch your legs in T2 before heading out on the run, or repeating an encouraging mantra to yourself.
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