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Lactate Threshold

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Updated April 15, 2014

Definition: A person's anaerobic threshold or the point where the lactic acid builds in the muscles due to the body's inability to process it. Runners can delay the onset of their lactate threshold through proper training and, as a result, improve their endurance and speed.

Specifically, tempo runs, are a great way for runners to improve their lactate threshold. Tempo runs are runs that are done at a steady effort level, usually just a little slower than your 10K race pace. Hill repeats are another workout that will raise your lactate threshold.

Also see: 8 Rules for Speed Training
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