Intervals!

Finally up to date! On Tuesday (22nd May) I went to my running club, Gosport Road Runners. I’m not going to lie, it had been such a hot day at work I didn’t want to go but a couple of colleagues encouraged me to put on my kit, start heading to club and see how I feel. As I go the same way home as I do to club I could easily just pull off towards home when I got there instead of carrying on. However, as you’ve probably guessed, I decided to go on the way home.

I’d seen previously that there was going to be an intervals session tonight and I’ve been wanting to give it a go since I was advised it’d be good for my running. I’ve never done a proper intervals session before so I was slightly apprehensive. I felt better though when I saw there were quite a few people I know in the group, including Mike who I like to parkrun with.

We started with a warm up as we walked to the cycle track where we were going to be doing session. We then had to run for 4 minutes, before having a break. I started way too fast and could barely finish the 4 minutes! Oops! I slowed down a little for the next burst which was 3 minutes. We then did 2 minutes and then a final 1 minute. I was able to push a little harder on the 1 minute as I’d just about got my breath back!

As we walked back to the start the instructor explained to me I should have got faster with each run section. That definitely would have been handy to know before we started! Guess I should have told him I’m a newbie in advance.

We then did another game where  you worked with a partner. You ran to the first cone and back, then recovered whilst your partner did the same, when they got back you ran to the second further away cone and then back and they did the same. You were meant to partner up with someone who had a familiar pace to you so that you had a good recovery time. I, however ended up partnered with a very fast runner. Still, I did the session. Afterwards, despite only doing little over 2 miles I was shattered. Once I’d caught my breath and had a sit down I realised I’d thoroughly enjoyed the session.

Imagine my delight when there was someone taking photographs of the session too! Good for the blog but bad for my ego. This picture is horrendous but I’m doing it for the blog!

Intervals

Have you ever done an interval session?

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2 thoughts on “Intervals!

  1. Omg intervals are VILE. I never used to do speedwork – asides from racing and parkrunning. But just before Brighton I started doing more and more and now I’m regularly doing a session each week with Southampton Athletics Club. Omg I die. It’s so hard. 20 minutes of a hard session is comparable to hours of running in terms of how shattered I am afterwards. But yes it is so good for your running.
    Well done for preserving through – and the photo is fine!!

  2. I think that’s a lovely picture!
    Our club sometimes does interval sessions- we tend to keep the run shorter but they are the most tiring run- I’d be less tired after a hilly 8 mile steady run than a 3 mile with intervals- it’s good for you though!

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