Running Fast


“The years of regimented swim coaching had ingrained in me a very narrow-minded training philosophy, which was to do things faster. If I could just train with more yardage, and train faster, then I would most certainly race faster. Or so I thought.”

The above quote is from the book, The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing. Yes, I am on to reading another running book. This quote really got me thinking…

I always thought if you want to run fast you need to practice running fast. But after learning more about heart rate, I am now beginning to realize this is not always the case.

To all of my readers who are runners what do you think about the above quote? Do you always try to run fast? Does fast running during training make you race faster?


  1. happytrigirl March 26, 2014

    To race faster – you must incorporate speed work in your training. But- you should not run fast every day. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions!! My passion is running!!

    • dorseyml April 9, 2014

      I will email you with questions! Thank you soo much!!

  2. Brianna @ I run He tris March 26, 2014

    I believe that you have to have some workouts where you run fast, but not all of them. I think it’s important to do speedwork but also some tempo runs and distance runs to balance it all out.

    • dorseyml April 9, 2014

      I totally agree with you! Plus, I find running far can improve your speed as well. For example if you are training for a half marathon and you do a 16 mile long run during training, you can run that half marathon faster because 13.1 no longer feels so far.