Do you need tempo runs in your training plan?
The tempo run is often referred to as the threshold run, and it is a staple training session for many intermediate to advanced long-distance runners. Throughout my running career, I have often included tempo sessions as part of my training. However, I cannot say that I have always done them correctly. So you may be asking what actually is a tempo run?
A tempo run is a sustained effort run that increases your body’s ability to run faster for longer periods of time. Whether you are training for a 5k, marathon, ultramarathon, or anything in between, this is a useful training session. Beyond improving your ability to run fast and long, tempo runs have many other benefits.