Steady-state runs were once a staple in the training programs of U.S. distance runners but somehow fell out of favor. Runners now seem to have only two speeds, slow and fast – no in-between. But the steady-state run is one of the most beneficial types of workouts to boost endurance and stave off fatigue.
A steady state run is a continuous run at an easy-medium pace – not fast but not slow. Not hard but not easy. The runs should last at least 25 minutes and can go as long as an hour and 15 minutes.
These are pretty tough efforts not because of the pace but because of the duration of running so be prepared to increase your concentration to stay on pace and to take a good recovery day afterwards in order to reap the full benefits. Begin with shorter steady-state runs of 25 minutes and build to one-hour runs.
Steady-state runs require a warm-up and a cool-down. The pace is about what you can race for 2-2.5 hours. That could be marathon pace for speedy runners or more like half-marathon pace for us mortals.
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