But the run had to have meaning and work my body so my 60 minutes included an interval pyramid with increasing intensities. Today, all intervals were a solid 2 minutes 30 seconds. After an appropriate warm-up, I started cranking up the speed and returned to my recovery speed between intervals so in reality, the run was really 1:2:1:3:1:4...etc. Level 5 was pushing it at a speed where I had to convince myself to keep going and not allow myself to give up.
Why did I choose this workout plan?
- I like variation and speedwork. It keeps me motivated.
- I have found if I run a significant distance at a steady pace on a treadmill I usually end up with an injury even if only minor muscle strain. My theory is that road running is not ever truly a steady pace and by forcing myself to do so on a treadmill is unnatural.
- My frustration level was high today so I needed shorter duration intervals and goals.
- I needed to run for 60 minutes for pure emotional bliss!
Keep running one more mile for Dad!