Easily Run Your Fastest 5k

Millions of Americans compete in road races every year. Racing is alluring and addicting, and registering for a 5k may motivate someone to change their diet and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The Secret
The secret to running your fastest 5k is sprinting. Sprint training for a 5k may seem counterintuitive, but it’s not! Think of it this way: if you train fast, then you will race fast! A Lamborghini’s engine does less work at 50 m.p.h than a Prius’s engine at 50 m.p.h. Why? Because the Lamborghini has a stronger engine and higher top speed! By training fast you will be able to maintain that 8-minute mile pace longer because you have a higher top speed. Speed work has other benefits too!

Time Saver
We are busy! We have work. We have family. We have obligations. Running short sprints does not take a lot of time. Running six (yes, only six), 15-seconds sprints, with a 2-minute walking recovery takes about twenty minutes. That’s less than 2% of your day, and if you run three times a week, that is less than 1% of your week!

Fat Burner
Speed work puts the body in “caloric-debt”. Caloric debt is when the body continues to burn fat after the workout is over. So, even in the evening, long after your morning speed session, your body will still be churning through fat. It’s as if you hired someone else to workout for you! Not only is speed work super-time efficient, it continues to work for you while you are getting on with your life!

Running a 5k is challenging. For the first-timer, running is an extremely daunting and rewarding task. For a veteran, the challenge may come from trying to set a personal record (PR). Speed work is the key, and not only will you run faster, you will save time and burn more fat in the process!

Jon has more than 40,000 hours as a personal trainer and can be reached at info@CoreFitnessNJ.com or 732-475-0142.

Read about Maxine’s success story here.