Back at the track.......and I'm loving every second of it. The tempo running really allows me to focus on several technical aspects that I cannot focus on during the speed workouts.
Why do TEMPO RUNNING?
1) It aids recovery of the muscular system from previous workouts.
2)Because Tempo running is done at 70% intenisty or less, it allows you to train without draining the CNS. Speed days smoke the CNS and takes days, sometimes weeks to fully recover. The fact is simple: the faster you sprint, the more CNS involvement. Therefore, tempo days allow you to contnue to train and increase fitness levels.
3) Tempo running allows you to work on specific components of your sprinting mechanics. For example, let's say you are having a difficult time keeping the torso from over-rotating; your CORE is weak. You can focus the tempo session on maintaining more stiffness in the CORE and cognitively think about keeping your torso rigid. Of course, in a competition that is the last thing you want to do, think about your technique while competing. As combat fighting expert Tim Larkin says,
"under stress, we revert to out training."
Precisely my point. Use the tempo days to iron out the kinks in your sprinting style.
4) Increases your fitness leves, GPP, etc.. I have noticed in one month of Tempo running a loss of bodyfat in my legs. It's been over 8 years since my legs were this lean. Woo hooooo!!!
5) The base conditioning builds confidence as an athlete. As you begin to feel more "fit" for sprinting, your confidence booms when you return to the speed workouts. For several reasons tempo running builds character, just like any other form of progressive training.
Joint Mobility for Hips/ shoulders
Track Drills / Acceleration runs / Multi-directional drills
10 x 100 yards
Push ups, jumping jacks, shuffles, Twisters, plyometric lunges between runs.
Felt great. Love the results!!!!