Interval Training – Just Do it!

I am writing about interval training since it isn’t my favorite type of training, and I really need to shift my thoughts on it. 

Yesterday after I finished up a training run that called for interval training, Laying in the floor stretching and exhausted I started wondering why the heck do I do this, BECAUSE even though it’s exhausting, it’s also relaxing (most of the time).

I’m currently preparing for my third half marathon, the last one I did was horrible because I didn’t stay on a good training plan.

This time I plan on sticking to the training plan, I’m using Nike run coach- and the training has interval runs (not my favorite).  So I decided to do some research to find out why (in a whiny voice) is interval training necessary. 

After doing some research I’ve highlighted a few interesting facts on interval training and why it’s so important. 
Not only is it good for you, but it’s necessary, especially if you want to turn a better runner. I’m constantly trying to improve myself. 

• Interval training helps improve your running speed. ** Ding ding ding, we have my reason. I want to increase my speed.. 
• Interval training also increases your metabolism. **Uh I’m learning to LOVE me some interval training. 

• Interval training not only burns calories during your workout the fat-burning process continues to burn more calories even after the workout is over. ** New repeated quote.. BURN FAT BURN.. DIE FAT… Other thoughts… If I eat a cheeseburger as soon as I’m done the calories don’t count.. Right. 

I put together a couple Interval Training Workouts for you to try below.  
• Four Rounds of butt kicking: 

Warm up 3-4 min 

Run easy pace 60 seconds 

Run MED pace 60 seconds

Run hard pace 30 seconds 

Slow jog/walk recover 60-90 seconds. Repeat 4 times. Cool down & Stretch 5 minutes. 
 • Two Rounds of Fat Blasting:

Warm up 3-4 minutes 

Run hard pace 30 seconds 

Slow jog/walk recover 60 seconds Run hard 60 seconds 

Slow jog/walk recover 60 seconds

Run hard 2 minutes 

Slow jog/walk recover 2 minutes 

Repeat 2 times. Cool down & Stretch 5 minutes. 

Now go insert some interval training into your runs and let me know your progress. 
I hope this helped motivate someone to move their booty and/or run, and as always I welcome any and all thoughts and or comments on this topic. 
Thank you so much for reading this post. 

-Suzy Cason