There’s this funny moment in the Plyometrics workout of P90X (see my review here) where Tony Horton is leading the group in air-born Heisman moves and he says “STOP…and then GO.” It always gives me the giggles, because it’s such a weird thing to say in the middle of a workout.
But this week, I started embracing intervals during my runs, and I found “Stop…and then go” to be a great mantra!
For those of you who may be catching up, I have committed to run the Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon in Clearwater, Florida in April. (My announcement post here.) It’s my third half marathon, but my first in more than a year…and I’m also hoping it’s the first I complete injury-free and smiling ear to ear.
A quick update on my training plan so far, 2 1/2 weeks in:
As you can tell from my notes, I have started using run/walk intervals — and I’m actually getting a decent average pace! I know many of you have tried the Galloway method, and I’m loosely following his suggestions. So far, I’m seeing two major benefits:
- The intervals help break up the run so I’m not emotionally drained at the end
- Because I get a short break, I’m running at a much faster pace during the run portion
This week, I slacked off a bit and did intervals of 4:1 and 5:1, but I’ll be extending that to 6:1 and up starting this weekend.
I’m also using RunTracker, a really cool iPhone app that offers coaching and audio cues through my runs, plus the ability to select different playlists. The app is free through January, so if you have a smartphone, I recommend checking it out!
What mantras do you use when working out? What pushes you to keep going when you’re ready to stop?