Benefits of Adding Strides and What I’m Doing Instead


Father’s Day was a blast. We definitely tried our best to take care of our number one man over here.

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We even went for the whole Starbucks delivery and all.

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Then we hit up the fancy gym pool

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and then Panera. I got the Thai chicken salad. Good stuff.

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Somehow we suckered him into going to Costco. What a guy, right?

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We did up healthy chicken nachos right for date night dinner. I used brown rice cakes for a little something different.

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The boys and I slept in this morning, but it was all business when I got out of bed. I had to practice for my class tonight and look at this week’s training schedule.

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Two days a week there are strides written into the schedule. When I followed a plan before that has strides I started out doing them all the time, but then got lazy and stopped. Rather than brushing them off this time I thought I’d actually do what the plan says and find out the benefits of adding them.

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I was supposed to do 6 150-meter strides, but did them by 20 second time intervals instead.

Strides are short, controlled sprints that help with running form and improving mechanics. They also help with coordination and in the book Running a Marathon For Dummies Coach Jason says to do them from 50-150 meters (10-25 seconds) and to fully recover in between. The tempo should be at a mile race pace. I have no ide what that is for me, but the ones I did today were not that fast at all. I better work on that.

We’ll see if they help with the speed thing.

These ladies help with treadmill boredom though.

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Ha ha ha.

And these guys are great at pushing my on the hammock.

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They pushed a little too hard for my liking, but it was still awesome.

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YOU probably already saw this on Instagram, but this was me- no make up, unwashed hair, well rested and just enjoying time away from the computer to be in the moment with the boys.

Oh heck yes, life is good. But, I have to consciously give up certain things, decide to step back and appreciate it. I’m learning.


I still have a race recap and a really awesome Vega giveaway coming up later this week.


Hope your week is off to a good start!


Anyone who’s training for race do strides?

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  1. 1
    Emily Lutz says:

    Stuft Mama,

    I know you will, but just encouragement from one of your readers to do what you need to ! I love hearing from you and reading your blog posts, but I think it is so cool that you are able to take all the time away that you need to! We support whatever you need to do!

  2. 2

    I have never done strides, but would love to hear what impact you find they have.
    Currently I am focusng on speed/strength at OTF and on fast finishes/negative splits on my outdoor runs.
    See you soon.

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    Joe says:

    Nope – I’ve never done strides in a training schedule. I do try to get in 3 – 4 hill intervals in the early weeks of my schedule, then get the speedwork in after that. Hill intervals strengthen the calves and speedwork helps the fast twitch. My favorites are th once a week long runs – I went 20 on Sunday in the rain. That was tough.

    BTW, that’s a great picture of you. You don’t need makeup at all! Sounds like a nice father’s day for everyone.

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    Krystin C. says:

    Soak up the summer! Enjoy the time with your guys. All us readers will still be here when you decide to write again! 🙂

  5. 5

    I love that you are taking time for you & stepping back from so much blog & all that – you do enough & you deserve some time!!!!

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