How lucky are we? We got all dressed up in green, St Patrick’s Day safety, and had an amazefest weekend. Hope you all did as well!
What better way to work off the weekend festivities than with interval training. I am all for the miles, I welcome my long runs, but reading more about High-intensity interval training (HIIT) and looking to get back into shape I knew what I needed to do. Run, short and fast. There is no better way to tone or increase your speed than by practicing HIIT with short burst of, well, simply busting your a**. And like Jessica says, change your pattern!
Since I don’t have a gym, I don’t have the luxury of hopping on the treadmill and having assistance monitoring my speed. My three tips for practicing HIIT outside of the gym:
1. Get a Garmin. Easiest way to know how fast and far you’re going.
2. Know your route and make milestone markers. I run a 5K path with bridges that I use to mark my intervals/bursts of speed.
3. Push yourself and your comfort zone. If your legs aren’t burning, you aren’t doing it right.
I have a Garmin but actually have been doing HIIT without it and feel great. Sprinting is a bit harder on the body and I suggest starting off with shorter sprints until you feel comfortable to do longer runs with speedwork.
Need more convincing to speed it up? Check out THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO INTERVAL TRAINING [INFOGRAPHIC].
How did you celebrate St Patty’s?