My version of interval training

19 messages
04/10/2012 at 12:05

I am trying to get faster, to get ready for upcoming half's, and where as before i used to run around a track, do 800m, then rest. I now just go out and run for 5 miles as fast as i can, the theory being i can do longer distances at a pace, which is faster than my norm, and will feel comfortable.

I have been doing this for about 6 months now. I did it yesterday, 5 miles in 33.59.

It works for me i guess..

04/10/2012 at 12:11

each to their own, but that's the classic approach to get some improvements, but then hit a massive plateau, instead of working specific training zones mixed in with the majority of easy paced running

04/10/2012 at 12:11

I am a great believer in fast paced running as a way to improve - I suppose from past experience you do have to balance that out with recovery runs - but in a past life all our long runs were done progressively quicker over the course of a 10/15 or 20 mile run - it worked as simple as that.

04/10/2012 at 12:17
If you do it all in one go its hardly interval training. I'll pluck a random term out of mid-air. Lets call it a time-trial..
04/10/2012 at 12:32
Maybe someone could invent a random term for it...............erm I know how about a Threshold run!!
04/10/2012 at 12:34

A five-mile race, perhaps?

04/10/2012 at 12:35
Threshold you say. I'll see your threshold and raise you a Tempo.
04/10/2012 at 12:50

I can feel a Venn diagram coming on...

cougie    pirate
04/10/2012 at 12:53
Do you think those pesky Kenyans are reading this ?
We don't want them checking out our revolutionary methods.
04/10/2012 at 13:14

Revolutionary methods, huh?  What goes around...

04/10/2012 at 13:32
Why stop at an interval session with no intervals? How about a flat hill session?
04/10/2012 at 13:40

You'll need to throw in a few  Recovery-Sprints.

 

04/10/2012 at 13:50
Grendel3 wrote (see)

I am a great believer in fast paced running as a way to improve - I suppose from past experience you do have to balance that out with recovery runs - but in a past life all our long runs were done progressively quicker over the course of a 10/15 or 20 mile run - it worked as simple as that.

fast paced as in intervals or tempo yes.

not doing the equivalent of racing a 5miler each week

Reminds me of an infamous long departed forumite, who would run ever run flat out, often faster than race pace, and because they pbd twice every 30races classed it clearly being a successful method.

Ignoring that if you up the volume and intensity however you do it you're bound to get some improvement...but it steeply levels off through such an approach

Edited: 04/10/2012 at 13:52
04/10/2012 at 14:18
Steeply levels off?
cougie    pirate
04/10/2012 at 14:26
Like the profile of a hilly flat run I guess ?
04/10/2012 at 14:41
Sharply plateaus?
04/10/2012 at 15:28

you can steeply level off.

I'm going to allow it.

Although the word steeply doesn't sound likea  word when you repeat it a few times

Edited: 04/10/2012 at 15:30
04/10/2012 at 15:30

Rectangularly hyperbolated.

04/10/2012 at 15:35

Oxymoron!


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