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🥵 How to add tempo runs to your training plan

Published 25 days ago • 1 min read

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Hey runners, Katelyn here 👋

Newsletter #257 is all about running faster!

Here's what I have for you today:

  • 🥵 Why should you add tempo runs to your training plan? From my running and coaching experience, I discuss why these workouts are worth the hard effort.
  • 🏃🏼‍♀️ The latest Parkrun debacle update: The Parkrun administration stands behind its decision to remove runners' stats despite opposing community feedback.
  • This Asics super shoe is lightning fast: Alex tells us why the Asics Metaspeed Sky Paris will be on the feet of Asics’ athletes running the marathon at this summer’s Olympics.

Get ready to get faster!


What Is A Tempo Run? + Why You Should Add Them To Your Training

Tempo runs, or threshold runs, are a staple in any runner’s training program, from 5K training plans to half marathon and marathon training plans, and are used primarily to improve speed and endurance.

As a running coach and avid runner myself, I feel that when executed properly, tempo runs are one of the most efficient and effective workouts for substantial performance results.

Let's see why:



Parkrun Favours Top-Down Decision Making Over Community Feedback Following Statistics Removal

In a recent last-ditch effort to persuade Parkrun’s CEO and founder to change their minds about removing statistics and other competitive elements from the global 5K series, a group of runners and event organizers met with the company to plea their case.

It did not go well.


Parkrun Records Are Gone To “Promote Inclusivity” And Runners Aren’t Happy About I

Video Review: This Asics Super Shoe Is Lightning Fast

We’ve tested pretty much every marathon racing shoe that’s entered the market in 2024, and there’s one model that we keep coming back to, both for fast training runs and races (particularly 5Ks and 10Ks): the Asics Metaspeed Sky Paris.

The Metaspeed Sky Paris is aptly named, as it will be featured on the feet of Asics athletes running the marathon at this summer’s Olympics. However, our reviewer Alex Cyr found that the Metaspeed Sky Paris was just as quick and responsive in a 5K as during longer marathon pace efforts.


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