9 mi: 2 w/u, 3 x 2 mi w/ 4min rest, 1 c/d; sunny, pleasant & 72 degree
I have come a long way with the Tempo interval workout. The challenge for me has always been the execution. I run either too fast or slow. Either way misses the purpose of the workout.
Not anymore. I ran tempo intervals this morning – 2 mile interval three times to be precise. And I came to appreciate the benefits of the workout. In a nutshell, tempo interval allows me to run faster and more distance.
For instance, I ran the intervals at 7:45 per mile, faster than my tempo pace. In most likely case I won’t be able to sustain 6 mile at that pace. But by breaking it up into three two milers, I was able to push my lactate threshold more.
And an extra bonus of the interval was that I could concentrate more on my running form: more relaxed and loose core; open strides & even breathing. It reminded me a feeling closer to free running.
What’s your favorite running workout?