Since I have been following a more natural foods 'diet' I have been trying to follow a more natural way of exercising as well. Lots of long walks, hikes, shorter runs... full body motions and I have been doing a lot more active play, too.
Every week I am practicing my sprint intervals on one of the runs.
Today I woke up quite early and decided to put off my strength work till tomorrow, and get out bright and early to do some sprints before the day got too warm.
I had my lime water with Epicor, then a few sips of coffee and by then The Captain had decided he wanted to come with me... so I made us each a quick protein shake - vanilla protein powder, bit of frozen banana, unsweetened plain Almond Breeze and a shake of cinnamon. Quick change into running gear and off we went.
As we walked the couple of blocks to my designated starting point I told The Captain about the 'Running From the Lions' game.
I chose to repeat the same intervals I have been practising which is
10 x [10 second sprints with a 20 second easy run to recovery]
then finish up the loop around the park with an easy lope, about 14 - 15 minutes in all.
I have been running the sprints on a bark trail on the perimeter of the park because I think it forces me to pick up my feet higher which is better for me when I want to run faster. It also makes me focus more. The Captain doesn't like running on the bark, but this run was for me so I didn't offer to alter the route.
After the first 7 intervals I started to really feel it in my quads and The Captain laughed and told me I might as well just walk into the lion's grasp cause the last few were so much slower!
I think he enjoyed it though, because normally he just lopes along beside me at my slow pace and doesn't really get much of a run, but today, he could go as fast as he wanted during the sprints and then he ran back to me during the recovery portions. It was fun to see him run really fast.
I have done these same intervals a few times now and I think I am ready to extend the 10 second sprint to 15 seconds, so next time out I will change my Gymboss timer to 15/15 and do that 5 times to start with.
Do you run intervals?
Do you think this might make my overall running any faster if I keep with it?