The "Talk Test" For Running Zones
Updated: Mar 16
Runners, have you heard about the "Talk Test"? It is a simple & effective way to gauge the intensity of your workout without using any fancy equipment.
Here are the different Training Zones with the corresponding “Talk test”:
Zone 1️⃣ & 2️⃣, Easy pace:
Here you should be able to talk in full sentences & have a conversation with your running buddy
Zone 3️⃣, Tempo pace:
At this pace, talking is reduced to incomplete sentences
Zone 4️⃣, Threshold pace:
With increasing difficulty, you can still talk here, but only the odd word or two
Zone 5️⃣, Interval/VO2 max:
At this pace, you can say the odd word if pushed, but talking is difficult!
So next time you hit the pavement, give it a try & see how it can benefit your training! Let us know in the comments how the "Talk Test" has helped you improve your running! 👇
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