More Running Info and Tips
Here’s something to always remember during your work out: “Sometimes you’re ahead. Sometimes you’re behind. The race is long. And in the end, it’s only with yourself.” So don’t get discouraged. Even if you don’t feel like you’re improving, you are, so long as you are trying to. And now some tips to avoid injury.
- Warm up before you start your intervals. Stretch out your muscles, and walk at a brisk pace for 5 minutes or so.
- Set your interval speed/length goals with your abilities in mind. Don’t try to reach goals that you aren’t ready for, because it will lead to injury.
- Start your intervals low. If you want to run 2 minutes then walk 2 minutes, that’s perfectly fine. As your training continues, you’ll find your speed and time will increase steadily. I suggest increasing interval length every 2 weeks (considing you train at least 5 days a week).
- Be sure to bring your heart rate down during the rest period between intervals (ie. While you’re walking). Interval Training isn’t Interval Training if you’re not resting up between fast intervals.
- To improve, work on either speed or duration but never both at the same time. I recommend working on your endurance before working on your speed.
- Train on level surfaces, not hilly or slanted planes, as this could also lead to injury and decrease the results of interval training.
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