Hello divas and happy Tuesday. I hope your week is going well so far. I will be honest. I am having some focus issues the first part of this week. I leave Thursday morning for Fitbloggin’ and I am beyond excited. I can’t wait to try out some new workouts, learn about how to be a better blogger and meet up with some of the people behind my favorite health and fitness blogs. And, of course, share it all with my readers via my social media channels. So be sure you are following Divas Run for Bling so you don’t miss out on any news and updates this weekend.
It is only a couple of months away till my next half marathon, The Divas Half in Atlanta. I know that I am nowhere near ready for it so I will have to amp up my training a bit once I get back from Fitbloggin’. I have already begun to incorporate some strength training into my regimen and will begin to add mileage the closer I get to race day. My goal is to finish under the 3.5 hour time limit, preferably as close to three hours as possible.
One thing I will be adding to my training this time around is some speed work. In the past, I have run at about the same pace for each and every training run. While this is a great way to train for your first race at the half marathon distance, it’s not a great way to try to improve your time. I plan on using some running intervals as my speed workout of choice.
Interval training basically means that there are periods (either time or distance) of hard running followed by periods of lighter running or walking. Runners typically use interval training because it increases your aerobic threshold (the ability to run hard without having a lack of oxygen), increases your endurance (the ability to run at a certain pace for a longer period of time) and increases your muscle strength.
My typical running already uses the run-walk method so adding a running interval workout to the mix won’t be all that different, though it will use less walking and be a bit more intense with a bit less distance. By adding some speed workouts to the mix, I hope to become faster in the running portions of my run-walk intervals during the long runs.I will be running a pyramid interval workout at the local track. This particular style of interval workout uses the track to build the distance in the workout before decreasing the distance at the end. This kind of interval workout is good to increase endurance which is one of my weaknesses when running the half marathons. I will be incorporating this workout into my regimen once a week. I am starting with running at full speed then walking and hoping to improve to the point where I can run at full speed and jog.
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