Interval training is done by running between 80-90% of your maximum efficiency for a measured length, jogging the way back, and repeating several times. This is a powerful running technique that works to improve overall stamina – meaning your running distance can be extended more easily.
It’s not an easy work out. In fact, intervals are notorious for being the dreaded feature to a long distance running training plan. They are however, extremely effective in increasing your endurance.
You can practice interval training in 2 different ways:
- Sprints: Run your lengths by going all out, and sprinting at about 90% of your maximum efficiency. This is best used for runners who have experience with interval training.
- High cardio: Run your lengths by running up to about 80% of your maximum efficiency. In other words, you don’t need to run as fast as you possibly can. Those trying interval training for the first time should start with a high cardio interval running technique.
Interval train weekly to improve your running distance.
It’s efficient for runners without a lot of time on their hands, because a workout can be done quickly while still achieving fast results. It’s crucial to always thoroughly warm up and warm down with interval training – since the activity is demanding of your body.