Use Short Races As Tempo Runs

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Will short races help my marathon training?

Use Short Races As Tempo Runs

A 5K, 10K, or 10-mile race is a great way to work some speed into your marathon training if you don't like (or don't choose) to do tempo runs or interval workouts. But remember that the pace you run for these races, especially for a 5K, will probably not be the pace you will maintain during a marathon, and that's OK. Running faster than your likely marathon pace will build strength and endurance, and running fast in short races will ultimately make you faster over the long distances, too, just as speed work on a track or tempo runs on the road make you faster.



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