Should You Train By Time Or By Distance?
One of the most common debates in training is whether it is better to base workouts on time or distance. In the world of ultra races, running based on time is an accepted approach, even in competition. (In 24-hour races, the runner who covers the most distance in the allotted time wins.)
The popularity of using distance to gauge a workout might be due to the fact that most races are defined by their length. You’ll be hard pressed to find a training plan that doesn’t include specifics such as 400-meter repeats, a 2–4-mile tempo run or a defined-distance long run.
In hopes of shedding light on some of the differences between running based on time and distance, a recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise tested 38 children in a 750-meter run. While most of…
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