Reebok has a “Run Easy” campaign that features an entertaining video. It’s kinda funny that I stumbled upon the ad this week since I just explained speedwork to some track newbies in terms of talking. Because discomfort is relative, I broke it down this way:
Tempo runs: Conversations are clipped but still capable. You’ve got room to ask a quick question and get an answer, provided it doesn’t involve explaining astrophysics or Anna Nicole Smith.
800s: Breathy, very breathy. If it takes more than four words in quick order, best wait until the recovery lap.
400s: Who can talk when you’re trying to gulp down air?
200s/100s: The only thing you heard should be your heart, lungs and legs screaming.
But enough track chat. We all know one reason we love running with someone is the company...and the conversations. Enjoy.