Discovering Interval Training

August 25, 2009 § 2 Comments

Even though I have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill, I was actually excited to go to the gym today. Why? Because I was going to try out something other than my usual steady-as-she-goes pace for my run. I was going to run intervals today. I have to admit, as a novice runner I had to Google what interval training is. I know what running intervals means – in general – but I wasn’t quite sure how to time them out, how far to run, how many intervals to do, etc. While the Internet is great for learning lots of good tips on running routines, I couldn’t find anything that fit my running profile (which I’m still trying to figure out). I guess it’s like a recipe you find for making a new meal – you find something that works with what you like and you tweak it to fit your personal taste.

I knew it was going to be challenging, but as it turns out, it was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. I created my own intervals of running 3 minutes at 5.7 (or about 10:30 minute miles) and then 1 minute at 7.0 (about 8:25 minute mile). I did this over and over until I ran 2.5 miles and then decided I had challenged myself enough; plus, I need to reserve some energy for my cross-training with my personal trainer tomorrow.

When I researched different training routines for running a marathon, interval training is very common to include in a routine at least once a week. After today, I think I am going to dedicate each of my Tuesday training runs to interval training. Who knows, maybe it will also help me improve my 5k time while I’m at it!

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§ 2 Responses to Discovering Interval Training

  • Joanna says:

    I like interval training even though I don’t do it very often. It definitely helps to make the run a bit more interesting and at the end, I always feel accomplished because I pushed myself harder. Good luck on your interval training!

  • Ilana Smith says:

    Hi Mandy,

    You don’t know me – I’m Tabetha’s cousin – she forwarded me your message. I think what you’re doing is beyond remarkable. I wish I was in a position where I could donate, but unfortunately, I’m not at this time. Maybe one of these days I will be. I’m not a marathon runner or a regular runner by any means, but I use running when I don’t have access to a treadmill or any other type of cardio machine. I also use running as a way to “escape” for 45 minutes – an hour or so – God knows we love the high when we’re done, right?

    I don’t mean to ramble, but I do want to wish you luck for your journey. Know this – if there were more people in the world doing what you’re doing, it would be a pretty amazing place.

    On that note, good luck, happy running, and stay safe – no injuries!! Drink plenty of water, eat right, yada yada.

    Best Regards,

    Ilana Smith 🙂

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