Different runs explained

I am completely new to running and want to do a half marathon in September, so went on the beginners half marathon plan. But I am so confused on what is the difference between. Easy run/steady run/recovery run/progression run etc... any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Andy Andy

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  1. SharonMc

    SharonMc Hi Andy, I've attached a link that takes you to a site where you can put in a recent race time and read moreit will give you guide times for some of the above runs. Obviously nothing is set in stone but it might help point you in the right direction.


    1 21 Apr 17
  2. CAP

    CAP It is very easy to get confused with the terminology, I struggled at first and developed my own read moreinterpretation. I class a "steady" run as one which is ran at a constant pace, that pace may be easy, fast, tempo/threshold or indeed recovery. A mixed pace run is one I apply to running at more than two different paces during a session (as an example, easy then fast then easy then threshold/tempo then easy). An interval session is where the paces vary but with a maximum of two, (such as easy fast easy fast). You will also pick-up terms such as fartlek or reps I class these as simply mixed pace and intervals respectively. Simply put there is the type of run and then the pace(s) you run at during a session.

    0 21 Apr 17
  3. Richard Woodfield

    Richard Woodfield If you are looking at the training plans on this site - I don't think the ones here are helpful - read moresome of them lack clarity and explanation, especially for a beginner. I can recall at least one fairly recent discussion about a training plan - where the conclusion reached by various posters was that frankly the plan didn't actually make much sense and/or it must have had misprints!

    Having said that, you can some great support from other Bugs on this site as you embark on your running journey. I certainly did.

    I have a feeling that a good many other running plans you can find on the internet are much clearer with their explanation about these terms. Hopefully, other Bugs may suggest ones they have found particularly helpful.

    0 20 Apr 17