In my quest to not embarrass myself for my race in a month, I’ve replaced yoga with running this week. I started the run off pretty quickly. I quickly found out I couldn’t keep up that pace. There was a guy just plodding along slowly on the path that passed me. I would walk for a bit and then pick up the pace again. I got close to the guy (turtle) who had passed me when I (hare) would slow down to a walk again. I never quite caught up. I stopped at my turn around point for a drink of water and here he comes back from where to turned around. Well this time I just fall in pace. Just slowly jogging. I didn’t have to stop this time. I just jogged the other mile and a half and my legs really started to burn.
So which is best?
The popular consensus is that running intervals (fast, then slow, then fast) helps you get quicker faster and burns more calories. That’s because your heart rate gets up higher than if you were just barely jogging the entire time. Your cardiovascular fitness improves and you burn more fat. Eventually those short bursts of speed get longer and longer.
I’m gonna do more of that!
Here’s today’s graph.