Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q: What is the term “float” meant when talking about running intervals?

A:  The term “float” describes a recovery interval. The athlete continues running but at a pace that allows a recovery jog.



Q: What do striders at race pace (also known as strides/striders/pickups) mean?

A:  They are short fast intervals run at a “comfortable sprint” pace done as fast as possible without slowing down and losing good form. Typically run for 20-40 seconds (about 50-200 meters).



Q: What is a skipping recovery (also known as bounding)?

A:  An exaggerated knee lift to improve running form, speed, power, and flexibility. Great during a warm-up and skipping like a kid, start with feet shoulder width apart, and elbows around 90-degrees. Drive the right knee and left arm upwards while exploding off the left leg. Exaggerate the movement over the prescribed distance or time interval given.



Q: What is an underwater recovery (also known as doggy or dog paddle)?

A:  Swim freestyle, but leave arms and hands underwater during the recovery. Do not lift the hands out of the water after it passes your hips. Instead, slide up the side of your body and keep the arms and elbows tucked in close. Move hands back into the forward reach position and repeat.



Q: What does 6-3-6 or 3-6-3 mean?

A:  Starting with the first number, swim that number of strokes (such as six or three) and pause on your right side, right arm extended forward and left arm lying on and against your left side. Stay in this position for three or six kicks and proceed to take three or six more strokes and pause on the left side for three or six kicks.



Q: What is Tarzan swimming (also known as heads up drill)?

A:  Begin swimming freestyle with your entire head out of the water. Keep looking forward as if sighting a landmark or race buoy during a race. Maintain this head position for the entire length.