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!