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What is a tempo run?

Tempo runs are where you run at a comfortably hard pace, but not flat out. Effort wise you should be able to say about three or four words, but be unable to hold a full conversation. The physiological aim of a tempo run is to run at a pace just below the point at which lactate starts to accumulate more rapidly in your blood. Training at this pace improves your body’s ability to buffer lactate and therefore delays fatigue, which in essence enables you to run at a faster pace for longer.

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