Better Together

Combine two workouts into one and achieve greater fitness—in less time.

Tempo workouts, speedwork, long runs, not to mention work, family, and life in general—how can a runner fit it all in? One time-efficient solution: Combo workouts. These sessions blend elements of quality runs to make the most of every minute you have.

"Doubling up is great for targeting different systems in one workout—speed, strength, mental toughness, and more—which makes you fitter and better prepared for race day," says Susan Paul, program director for Track Shack's Fitness Club in Orlando ( While these multitasking workouts deliver bonus rewards, they also stress your body, so follow up with a day of easy running, cross-training, or a rest day. Here's how—and why—to get it together.