Different types of runs:

The act of running can be classified into various types depending on the speed and other factors. Let’s see the different types of runs.


  1. Base run
  2. Progression run
  3. Long Run
  4. Fartlek
  5. Intervals
  6. Threshold run
  7. Hill repeats
  8. Easy run

Base runs:

Base run is where the runner covers about short to moderate distance. They are not overly challenging ones. Base runs are simple and should be done at natural pace. Anybody can simply do these runs and quite often too.

Progression Runs:

In progression runs, as the name suggests, the run develops speed gradually. It starts at the runner’s natural pace and speed grows naturally to a faster pace. Since the runners pick speed as they reach the end they will need more time to recover than it is actually required in base runs.

Long Runs:

Again it is nothing new to us. The runs cover a larger distance than the moderate distance an average athlete runs. To increase the running distance will be the aim of the runner. He gets out of the comfortable zone and performs longer distances at a pace that is faster than his normal pace.


This type is where you can have all the fun that you want in running. There are no rules while you perform. No competitions and no one to judge. You simply fix a goal and run towards it. The next time you perform you are simply going to push your goal a little further or increase your run speed.


This type of workouts usually takes place when you are trying to cover a longer distance. Since you are supposed to cover a comparatively long distance you pace up fast right from the beginning. However, to avoid complaints, the runner can take breaks by walking or jogging in between instead of running in his full potential. So you keep covering the distance even while you take a break.

Threshold Runs:

These are also known as tempo runs. These runs help you to figure out the pace in which you can run and your vital capacity afterward. So usually here the runner is expected to perform at his maximum possible speed. They can be quite challenging at times.

Hill repeats:

Here you run short segments through hill areas or any similar steep surfaces. This helps the runner to learn pain-tolerance techniques and fatigue resistance. Here the workouts are performed from normal to moderate pace.

Easy runs: 

Easy runs are also known as recovery runs. They are usually performed at natural to slow pace just as a way to relax the muscles after tough running workouts. So these runs are usually not performed individually, they come as a combo and are performed either after progressive runs or long runs.