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The Common Sense Coach, Episode 4: VO2 Max for the 5K

Coach Carl explains the critical importance of VO2 Max training for the 5K, and introduces "hammer" workouts you can use to maximize your race readiness.

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In a new video series, coach Carl Leivers, who has helped collegians, beginners, and competitive adults achieve their running goals, takes you through how to train for and race your best 5K, explaining workouts and strategies in an approachable, practical — and smart — way.

In this fourth episode, coach Carl explains what VO2 Max training is, why it is essential to optimal 5K performance, typical training methods to improve it, and a tough, targeted “hammer” workout to add sprinkles to the icing on the cake of your fitness.

Next, check out Episode 5: Putting 5K Training Together

Catching up? Start with the first episode: Why to Target the 5K Now.

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