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A tempo run is 20 to 25 minutes at just over your aerobic threshold, which is about 25 to 30 seconds per mile slower than your 5k race pace. It is intended to be a "comfortably" hard run to build speed, strength and endurance over a race distance.

Example 1:

For tempo runs I take warmup more seriously than say an LSD run. Make sure that your legs are ready for the accelerated pace by doing a warmup and stretching. Run a 5 mile course that is somewhat flat, at the first mile mark up your pace to your tempo pace and hold that pace for 20 to 25 minutes (should be roughly 2.5 to 3 miles). Once you hit your mark either by time or distance, come back down to an aerobic pace and finish your run as a warmdown.

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