Interval Training

 One of the “benefits” of being in a running club is the weekly track workout.  Tonight was track night.

This year I have gone to 100% more workouts than I did last year.  This isn’t saying too much as last year I only  went once!

Tonight’s workout was “mystery intervals”  What that meant was that rather than knowing ahead of time the length of each interval that we were going to run, we found out right before each interval.

Our first interval was a 400 followed by a 400 light jog.  As we finished the 400 “rest”, the coach called out our next interval — 1200 (3 laps around the track), followed by a 400 rest lap.  After that, an 800 interval/400 rest, another 800 interval/400 rest, and lastly a 400 interval, a 400 rest and DONE!

The workout was tough but I managed to pace myself and I felt good.  I think my mostly plant-based diet and yoga practice is having a positive impact on my running!




  1. How cool. I walk a good many days a week. It is something i greatly enjoy. I used to run until a skiing accident that caused a back injury making it more difficult to run these days. Bravo to you for joining the group.

  2. Sweet! I am training for a marathon right now, so no interval training for me for a while. But I often wish I could run the track (so much easier on the joints!). I train with my husband. I can tell him to give me surprise intervals sometime! 🙂 –Bethany from BHB on LI

  3. Very awesome, I am a big fan of interval training just because running for thirty or 40 minutes straight can be boring! I also incorporate calisthenics into my usual run routine to keep my body guessing.

  4. I’ve considered joining a running group, but still haven’t gotten around to doing so. My husband and I try intervals, but it’s so much easier to tow the line when with a larger group of people!

  5. Running to me feels like such a solo journey. I can set my own pace. Run longer if i want. Or not at all.

    I wonder if I’m missing out. I do know that running with my sixth grader picked up my pace and forced me to set my standards higher. Love the idea of the unknown interval. Any time we can add that element to life, we should!

  6. The best part about the mystery intervals is that your brain doesn’t anticipate what is coming up next and say, “Oh I can’t do that!”

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