interval training advice

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31/10/2012 at 14:29

im 14 and im going to start doing interval training and i would like to no some good ways to start and what i should do 

WiB
31/10/2012 at 14:57

Jordon - looking at your previous posts it seems you are already racing 5k distances.

For intervals there are a few different ones you can do depending on the purpose of the session, the distance you want to race and where you are in your training. Given your age I would keep the reps you do reasonably short, definitely not above 800m and plenty of rest.

A simple one is 400m reps. For example 8 x 400m with 90 seconds recovery between each one. Looking at your 5k time of 22:20 the recovery will be roughly similar to the length of the rep.

The aim is to be able to run consistant times throughout the session slightly faster than you would be racing at so dont kill yourself on the first 2 trying to max out as the last ones will be slow as well as painful making the session less constructive.

WiB
31/10/2012 at 20:23

Hello (sorry thread gatecrashing again) ... I'm also interested in doing appropriate interval training. Training for 1st marathon, just done first half (1:55), have 10km pb of 52m and 5km pb of 24m30. so far I've done a little interval training but the program I looked at suggested running in 5min bursts with 5min jog recovery. should I be doing shorter? 


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