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Katinka

C25K for speed?

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Just out of curiosity, would it be possible to use the C25K program to increase my speed? I learned to run about 4 years ago using the program, but I live perpetually stuck at a 10 minute mile pace for a 5K. I'm thinking it might work if I were to jog during the "walking" parts of the program, then push myself much harder during the "running" parts. Or does anyone know of a program designed for increasing speed? I really like the C25K format, and the apps you can get to go with it, so I'm hoping either that will work or I can find something similar.

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That would certainly be an interesting use of the program, and I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't work.  Most people do interval work by distance (run hard for 400m - jog easy for 200m, for example), but by time using the C25K app would certainly work as well.  The other things you can do to quicken up your pace are sprint work (throw some striders in at the end of your easy runs), and also some pace work (run 1.5 miles at a 9 minute pace, rather than 3 at a 10 minute pace, for example).  It sounds obvious, but the key to running faster is to...well...run faster.

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Yes, I s'pose it could work that way, but I'm sure that there are better programs to get it done

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