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Strides, striders, stride-outs.<br><br>
Whatever you call them, I ask the question: How do you do it?<br><br>
I don't believe there is one specific way, but the intent is to work on leg turnover for a brief duration or distance. I'm curious on how others do it, but I will share my techinique here for the group.<br><br>
Typically, 1-2 times per week, I do strides <i>after</i> an easy run as a cool-down. I use school's grass field near my house, the street, or my favorite spot on the HS football field (because is has the yard lines.)<br><br>
How I do them is to find approximately 120 meters (or yards) and divide the distance into four 30 yd increments. My idea for strides is not to change speeds abruptly, rather, apply an incremental increase in speed until running at max turnover. Likewise, I do not stop abruptly, rather I slow to a walk before stopping. It goes something like this:<br><br>
1st 30 yds: fast jog<br>
2nd 30 yds: faster run<br>
3rd 30 yds: all out<br>
Last 30 yds: slow to a walk<br><br>
Then I walk it out for about 30 seconds, full recovery, before starting the next rep.<br><br>
Performing 4-6 strides after an easy run adds about 5-7 minutes to my workout and I find that this activity is one of the best investments of my time.<br><br>
For my time, strides provide multiple benefits, not only with leg turnover. I found that strides improve flexibility through the range of motion. Alos, if I am dinged up, I found that strides identify the location of any leg soreness. Mentally, I've discovered that even after a crummy run that a set of strides can turn a bad run into a positive experience.<br><br>
That all said, there are many ways to do strides and I'm curious as to how others perform their strides. I look forward to the discussion.
 

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For marathoning (which I think you are doing,) I'd recommend doing strides at least once per week. Not more than 2x week.<br><br>
I can't speak from experience, but I believe the shorter distance racers and sprinters do strides and repetitions more frequently than 2x/week.<br><br>
Good luck, and let us know how it goes. Give it a few weeks before coming to any conclusions.
 

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Fartleks are less structured running, but normally part of a longer run. A common definition for fartlek = speed play.<br><br>
Some runners do strides in the middle of a normal run. Some, like Flounder, at the end of their run. And others like me, do it after the run as a cool-down.<br><br>
Generally speaking, striders are shorter than fartleks. As Flounder mentioned, most common technique is 80-120 meters.<br><br>
Good luck, and I hope to hear how folks start to implement strides into their running repertoire.
 
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