Nike TrackMany runners opt out of winter running. They are missing out on more than just miles, running throughout the year keeps your body in good shape, your cardio up to snuff and well, for me it’s a great mood booster when it’s dismal outside. I try to run as consistent as possible through the winter season, preferably outdoors (Dreadmill running is not for me). But when the weather really hits, there’s no need to take time off. Instead, channel your inner speed demon and hit the track.
Track running is the single best way to pick up speed. Whether you’re a new runner, a marathoner or anything in between, there’s benefits to hitting the track and timing your laps. Tracks are anywhere in length from 200m up, with most clocking in at around 400m in distance. Track nights are not meant for distance running, you’re going to max out at about 5KM.
After a warm up lap or two, you slowly build speed up on each lap. Laps don’t have to be full track either. We typically do a mix of whatever our kick-ass running coach Rejean Chiasson puts on the menu. 8 x 400m with a short break in between each interval, then 8 x 200m with even shorter intervals are standard practice, but if you’re just starting out, kick off with 400m laps with a a short break in between. Save some fuel in the tank and burn it all off on your last lap. And make sure you do a proper cool down, at least two full laps around the track is all you need to allow your body to shift gears. You’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll gain speed by these short but intense workouts!
I’ve been lucky enough to hit the track with the Nike Run Club (you can too! sign up here). It’s been tremendously rewarding running with not only the amazing coaches and pacers but also with my like minded runner peeps! Running is an uplifting sport- you’re really only competing against yourself, and your fellow running community is there to cheer you on!
Huge shout out to Nike for empowering female athletes all over! Look forward to crushing some PB’s this year with my new found skills. And a BIG thanks to the hardest working photographer out there- Jess Baumung is the real deal! Thanks for taking these snaps of me!