My version of interval training

I am trying to get faster, to get ready for upcoming half's, and where as before i used to run around a track, do 800m, then rest. I now just go out and run for 5 miles as fast as i can, the theory being i can do longer distances at a pace, which is faster than my norm, and will feel comfortable.

I have been doing this for about 6 months now. I did it yesterday, 5 miles in 33.59.

It works for me i guess..

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  • each to their own, but that's the classic approach to get some improvements, but then hit a massive plateau, instead of working specific training zones mixed in with the majority of easy paced running

  • I am a great believer in fast paced running as a way to improve - I suppose from past experience you do have to balance that out with recovery runs - but in a past life all our long runs were done progressively quicker over the course of a 10/15 or 20 mile run - it worked as simple as that.

  • If you do it all in one go its hardly interval training. I'll pluck a random term out of mid-air. Lets call it a time-trial..
  • Maybe someone could invent a random term for it...............erm I know how about a Threshold run!!
  • A five-mile race, perhaps?

  • Threshold you say. I'll see your threshold and raise you a Tempo.
  • I can feel a Venn diagram coming on...

  • Do you think those pesky Kenyans are reading this ?

    We don't want them checking out our revolutionary methods.
  • Revolutionary methods, huh?  What goes around...

  • Why stop at an interval session with no intervals? How about a flat hill session?
  • You'll need to throw in a few  Recovery-Sprints.

     

  • Grendel3 wrote (see)

    I am a great believer in fast paced running as a way to improve - I suppose from past experience you do have to balance that out with recovery runs - but in a past life all our long runs were done progressively quicker over the course of a 10/15 or 20 mile run - it worked as simple as that.

    fast paced as in intervals or tempo yes.

    not doing the equivalent of racing a 5miler each week

    Reminds me of an infamous long departed forumite, who would run ever run flat out, often faster than race pace, and because they pbd twice every 30races classed it clearly being a successful method.

    Ignoring that if you up the volume and intensity however you do it you're bound to get some improvement...but it steeply levels off through such an approach

  • Steeply levels off?
  • Like the profile of a hilly flat run I guess ?
  • Sharply plateaus?
  • you can steeply level off.

    I'm going to allow it.

    Although the word steeply doesn't sound likea  word when you repeat it a few times

  • Rectangularly hyperbolated.

  • Oxymoron!

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