Thirsty (for knowledge) Thursday: my Favorite Interval Workout for Endurance Runners

>> Thursday, October 25, 2018

Back in August of 2010, Coach Jen had me do a 2x2 mile workout on the way to training me for the TC 10 Mile. That 10 Mile ended up being my PR at 59:05. I put in 2 months of hard training after a solid summer to nail that PR.

Since then, I've done her 2x2 mile workout a few times a year. I've come to love it! I used to do 3x1600 on the track, but I only like to do that ON THE TRACK (I can't always get to one), and it kind of beats me up because I end up running around my 5K pace. That's a great workout, but I feel like it helps me more just for shorter events. It's maybe been 2 or 3 years since I've done that workout.

This 2x2 mile workout is great pace work for longer races - I'd say 10Ks to half marathons or so. I like it better than my old 3x1600 on the track for the 2 reasons listed above: I don't feel like I need to be on the track for this workout, and it doesn't kill my body.

Here's usually how I do it:

- 1 to 2 mile jogging warm up.
- 3 minutes walking.

- 2 miles hard. (Sometimes I focus on negative splitting each 2 miles, but usually I just "RUN.")
- 3 minutes walking rest.
- 2 miles hard.

- 3 minutes walking rest.
- 1 to 2 mile jogging cool down.

- Total of 6-8 miles, with 4 of those being hard.

I don't usually SPRINT to the finish of this workout - I run it all pretty evenly hard. (Like miles 2-4 of a 10K.) That avoids the stress of that final "all out" sprint... but I'd probably get more out of the workout if I DID sprint to the finish.

As I posted on Monday, I did this workout as my only really HARD workout between the TC 10 Mile 2.5 weeks ago and my 10K this weekend. I've done this a few times with the stroller too, and back in August, I dropped under 12 minutes on my second interval with the double stroller for the first time ever. It's a good hard workout, but nothing too hard on my body or too hard to remember.

So try it sometime! Often, after a winter of "base-building" running, this is my first intervals of the year to try to get some speed back. After our last long winter, I did this workout in early June and ran slower than I did with the double stroller a few months later. It's a good workout to TRY to get yourself used to running hard again.

And here's a final link about this workout when I PRed this 2x2 mile workout 18 months ago.

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