Workout Wednesday – Run Intervals

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to another edition of Workout Wednesday. Every Wednesday I will post a new Triathlon specific workout. If you like the workout, fit it into your training plan for the week. If you don’t like the workout you’re crazy, all of my workouts are brilliant pieces programming. (kidding)

Today’s Workout – Run Intervals

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If long steady runs are the bread of your training, Intervals are the butter. If you want to run faster, sometimes you have to run faster. Makes sense right? The danger comes from trying to run every run faster. The added stress of those faster runs impacts your ability to recover and you get injured. The better way to run faster is Intervals. Periods of hard effort followed by rest, and repeat.

Intervals

  • Warm up ~10 min
  • 5 X 2 mins fast/ 1 min easy
  • Cool down

* Pacing – If your normal pace is 10 min/mile, then start the first interval at 9 min/mile and progress from there. Resist the urge to go at an all out sprint. If the first couple seem easy that is OK. Increase the speed for the last intervals. Focus on staying relaxed, breathing, and moving your feet quickly.

Sounds simple? This is a beginner interval session meant for athletes who are new to running. Interval workouts should be done no more than once a week for new runners.

If you give this workout a try, leave a comment below and let us know how it went.

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