Today’s workout is not brought to you by my bitter experience at the Diva Half Marathon in Vail, despite the hilly terrain. I based it on a 5K training workout from the latest edition of Running Times magazine. The magazine workout, from a well-known high school track coach, consisted of an 800 meter run at 5K pace followed by a 200 meter jog. You then go up a nearby hill for 100 to 200 meters, jog down and repeat. An easy jog or walk for 2 to 3 minutes between each drill allows for maximum exertion during each set.

The workout looks a little different on the treadmill, but it’s a tough one nevertheless.

1)      Warm up for 10 minutes – longer if your body needs it. Use an incline of 1 %.

2)      Increase your speed for 4 minutes. You want to try for 5K pace or, if you don’t have a 5K pace, run at a perceived exertion of 8 (10 is so hard you cannot go on). You are still on a 1 % incline.

3)      Recover at a light jog or walk for one minute.

4)      Raise your incline to 6 % and haul up the hill as fast as you can for 1 minute. Return to a 0 % incline and jog easily or walk “downhill” for one minute.

5)      Repeat the incline for one minute and the light jog downhill. (step 4)

6)      Run easy (or walk) for 2 minutes on an incline of 1%.

7)      Repeat step 2 – the 4-minute speed drill – and step 3 – the recovery.

8)   Raise your incline to 7 % and haul up the hill as fast as you can for 1 minute. Return to a 0% incline and jog easily downhill for one minute.

9)   Repeat step 8.

10)   Run easy (or walk) for 2 minutes at an incline of 1 %.

11)   Repeat the 4-minute speed drill and 1-minute recovery at an incline of 1 %.

12)   Repeat step 4, the 6 % incline and 1-minute “downhill” jog two times.

13)   Cool down!

The workout lasts about 45 minutes. If you want a longer run and greater challenge repeat the sequence once or twice more.

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One Response


  1. Erin DiGirolamo on 30 Aug 2011

    Andrea,

    I did this workout this morning (out of the hotel gym in Chicago)…..GREAT workout! Thank you for posting and getting my moring started right!

    Erin


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