Breaking Down the Different Types of Running
Let’s face it, not all of us are meant to be Marathon runners, but don’t get too discouraged. There are a number of different running styles for you to explore! Let’s take a look at 7 different running styles to find the one that’s right for you.
Figuring out the best style of running for yourself when you’re first starting out can seem a little daunting. Should I go for a speedy run? A slow run? Should I be doing interval running or free running? They’re all questions that we should consider when we are ready to go for a run, and you may be more comfortable with one type of running over another. If you haven’t found your running style just yet, you may enjoy one of these 7 types of running.
Aerobic or Base Running
Aerobic or Base running is your basic running style. Its goal is to get you to run at a comfortable and natural pace. This should not be a very challenging run and makes up a good portion of average running training.
Interval running is based on the alteration of low to high-intensity paces in your running speed. It entails short bursts of high speed/intensity running, followed by long periods of slower paced running or jogging, kind of like intervals on a treadmill. These high-intensity intervals can vary based on your stamina levels, but should always be followed by a lighter interval without stopping.
Walk – Run Running
The Walk – Run method of running was made popular by Jeff Galloway, and is a great way to get started running. It is a form of interval running which employs walking in between long sprints of aerobic running as a form of recovery without overly stressing the body. It’s great for those who want to cover long distances without being overly fatigued at the end of their run.
Don’t let the quirky name scare you off of this enjoyable running style, which is one of Stuart’s favorite types of running! Fartlek is an unstructured, less intense, version of interval running that focuses on sprints of speedy running, moderate running, and walking based on when you want to change your pace. You may already be doing this, and now you have a name for it!
Sprinting is a type of running that helps build muscle strength and endurance to run faster. When done properly, running in sprints can help you run over longer distances in faster times. Our RO50 Crew is a big fan of sprints.
Think of stair climbing but with a large hill. This type of running has you using a hill as a repeatable track that you run up and down, sprinting up the hill and cruising back down at a comfortable pace. This type of running is beneficial to trail runners who are preparing for off-path excursions up mountainous terrain.
This type of running is typically associated with Marathon runners, who push themselves to run at a difficult, yet comfortable, pace to cover a certain distance over a long period of time. Tempo running helps you increase your body’s resistance to muscle fatigue by training the muscles to keep running longer.