Run/Walk Interval Training

Run/Walk Run Interval Training

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Here is where you usually see “Week One”. For some speeding through week one not only seems impossible but reads as impossible when you glance to week two. Many of  the training schedules that teach people to run, even those training you to do run/walk intervals make the assumption everyone is fit enough to accomplish it. For some just thinking about running is a daunting scary thought. And you are who this blog post is for. 

Running is hard for me. And I always always always fail when I look at training walk to run schedules. And when I stop training and go back to it, I have to go all the way back to training wheels and start all over again. Not only do I need to stay consistent with training but I need extra leg muscle building added onto it, plus I have to foam roll the heck out of my legs often because my muscles seem to bind up super easy. And I can’t stress enough, especially if you have a hard time with the whole running thing, warm up and cool down exercises! And work on using proper form (and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ7ewHFw_I8) every single time you lace up!

Breathing. Gaining proper breath control isn’t always easy when you’re trying to learn how to run. Take your time, you WILL ease into it as long as you keep reminding yourself the proper way to breathe when running.

What I’m sayin is don’t rush yourself. Don’t let the pressure of timetables and the abilities of others stop you in your tracks from doing it. It doesn’t matter how slow you go or how long it takes you to actually run. If running is difficult for you, I recommendation to put all other exercise on the back burner other than stretching stuff (*see below) until you’ve completed this training.

Start from square zero!

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This my friends,  is MY version of training to run. And the main point is, it doesn’t matter;
If you run
if you ever run

But if you want to run and you’ve tried and failed, take it easy on yourself and progress as fast or slow as you can or want to.

Not all runners are;
super athletes
in it because they LOVE it
racers
15 minute milers
or even 20 minute or more milers
nor do all care if they hit the next pr

And that my friends, is OK! No, more than ok. If you want to train to run simply because you never have, or because you can’t, that FABULOUS!!

So I threw together a little training plan for myself with reminders to myself as I begin this challenge yet again! I have personal goals that I’ve let get sabotaged because I felt I wasn’t good enough, or fast enough. And now, I just don’t care. My goals are for me and they are no less important that that dude or girl who’s trying to pr their 9 minute mile. So here’s a training plan for those who aren’t super athletes but still want to go out and get it done. We may not be wild about running but we can get wildish with the right plan and support!

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Run/Walk Run Interval Training Schedule

Day 1-Run/Walk
Day 2-Run/Walk
Day 3-*Rest
Day 4-Run/Walk
Day 5-*Rest
Day 6-Run/Walk
Day 7-Rest

*On rest days doing some yoga, pilates or bodyflow type stretching routines would be helpful to relax tension your body’s built up and would help your muscle function recover smoother.

 

Duration Of Training

As long as it takes you to succeed!

 

Run/Walk Run Interval Training Lessons

Lesson 1:
Warm up for 5 to 10 minutes with a brisk walk. Then begin your run/walk intervals. Run at an easy pace for 1 minute, then walk for 5 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 1 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 2.

Lesson 2: Warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk. Then, run at an easy pace for 1 minute, then walk 4 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 2 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 3.

Lesson 3: Warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk. Then, run at an easy pace for 2 minutes, then walk 4 minutes. Repeat the interval 4 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 3 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 4.

Lesson 4: Warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk. Then, run at an easy pace for 3 minutes, then walk 3 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 4 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 5.

Lesson 5: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 4 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 5 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 6.

Lesson 6: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 5 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 6 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 7.

Lesson 7: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 6 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 7 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 8.

Lesson 8: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 7 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 7 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 8 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 9.

Lesson 9: Run at an easy pace for 8 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval twice.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 9 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 10.

Lesson 10: Run at an easy pace for 10 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval twice.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 10 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 11.

Lesson 11: Run at an easy pace for 12 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 6 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 11 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 12.

Lesson 12: Run at an easy pace for 13 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 5 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 12 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 13.

Lesson 13:Run at an easy pace for 15 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 4 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 13 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 14.

Lesson 14: Run at an easy pace for 16 minutes, then walk for 1 minute, then run at an easy pace for 4 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 14 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 15.

Lesson 15: Run at an easy pace for 18 minutes, then walk for 1 minute, then run at an easy pace for 3 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 15 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 16. If you’re not yet ready for running without walk breaks, that’s perfectly fine. You can stick with any lesson you feel comfortable with and just add repeats of the circuit. There are plenty of people who run/walk every day, even in races!

16th and Final Lesson: Warm up for 5 minutes walking. Run for 20 minutes. Cool down walk for 5 minutes.

Congratulations!!!!Now you can run for 20 minutes straight! From here you can now successfully navigate most of the other training schedules online to either get faster, run further , longer, or all of the above. But now you have a foundation to build upon and to call upon when you need it. If you’re still struggling, stay with lesson sixteen until you’ve built more endurance and strength! No matter what, you should be darn proud of yourself!!!

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14 Running-Specific Strength Training Exercises

 

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Benefits of Strength Training for Women

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1. Burn More Fat

Researchers at Tufts University found that when overweight women lifted heavy weights twice a week, they lost an average of 14.6 pounds of fat and gained 1.4 pounds of muscle. The control group, women who dieted but didn’t lift weights, lost only 9.2 pounds of fat and gained no muscle. When you do a good weight-training program your metabolism stays elevated and you continue to burn fat for hours afterward. The increase in muscle aids you in burning fat! Having more lean muscle means your body will burn more calories at rest. 

2. Changes Your Body Shape

While genetics play a huge role in determining your physique weight training can chisel your physique and give you definition in all the right places.

3. Boost Your Metabolism

The less muscle you have, the slower your metabolism. As women age, they lose muscle at increasing rates, especially after the age of 40. Weight training while dieting can help you preserve and rebuild muscle fibers. The more lean mass you have, the higher your metabolism will be and the more calories you’ll burn all day long. 

4. Get Stronger and More Confident

Lifting weights increases functional fitness, which makes everyday tasks such as carrying the kids, lifting your groceries and carrying them into the house, and picking up heavy items much easier. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular weight training can make you 50 percent stronger within 6 months. Being strong can be very empowering. Weight training will boost your self-esteem and confidence.

5. Build Strong Bones

It’s been well documented that women need to do weight-bearing exercise to build and maintain bone mass. Just as muscles get stronger and bigger with use, so do bones when they’re made to bear weight. Stronger bones and increased muscle mass also lead to better flexibility and balance, which is especially important for women as they age. Bone health gets more and more critical as we age. 

6. Improve Mood

The endorphins that are released during aerobic activities are also present during resistance training. Endorphins lift your mood naturally and with better self esteem, your mood will just continue to improve. 

7. Improve Sports Fitness

Improved muscle mass and strength will help you in all physical activities. Sportsman or not.

8. Reduce Injuries 

Weight lifting improves joint stability and builds stronger ligaments and tendons. Training safely and with proper form can help decrease the likelihood of injuries in your daily life. It can also improve physical function in people with arthritis. 

9. Get Heart Healthy

More than 480,000 women die from cardiovascular disease each year, making it the number-one killer of women over the age of 25. Most people don’t realize that pumping iron can also keep your heart pumping. Lifting weights increases your “good” (HDL) cholesterol and decreases your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. It also lowers your blood pressure. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that people who do 30 minutes of weight lifting each week have a 23 percent reduced risk of developing heart disease compared to those who don’t lift weights.

10. Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

In addition to keeping your ticker strong, weight training can improve the way your body processes sugar by as much as 23 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 weeks of strength training can improve glucose metabolism in a way that is comparable to taking medication. The more lean mass you have, the more efficient your body is at removing glucose from the blood.

 

Pumpkin Workout?

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A Total-Body Workout You Can Do With a Pumpkin in Just 15 Minutes

I am definitely going to try this! Yayy the great pumpkin season! Anyone else tried this yet?

Try It Out

 

How I Boost My Energy Level And Metabolism + A Recipe

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Loki & Tinka Belle & Their Afternoon Siesta!

Power naps – 10 to 15 minutes will do. It will recharge your batteries and give you a boost. Don’t make the naps too long or it may have the reverse effect. You really have to tweek this to suit you. So start with 5 to 10 minutes. Some times if I shut my eyes when I am really feeling fatigued, within 5 minutes I wake up feeling refreshed.

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Guest Bathroom

First thing in the morning where does everyone usually go straight to? The bathroom! Decorate in yellows and or reds in your bath area. These vibrant colors stimulate your mind and wake your senses. You can use this trick at the office or before a run or any time you need a mental boost, just focus on something red or yellow.

 

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Afternoon Yoga

Not only will yoga & stretching lengthen and strengthen muscles but will also give your energy levels a boost while helping to increase your metabolism. You can even find simple stretches to do at work.

 

 

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Sunshiny Yoga

 

Focus on your posture. Better posture, sitting up straight, burns more calories, boosts metabolism and keeps energy flowing through your body. Ever notice mid-day you start to slouch? Focus on that posture!

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My favorite outside time is anywhere near the ocean!!

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Go outside and breathe in some fresh air. Take a brisk walk, a couple times a day even. This will give you some amazing benefits and get you in the habit of motivating to get out from behind the desk, or off that couch! I love walking the beaches. The sand acts as resistance on your muscles giving you not only a relaxed view, but a great workout.

 

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My favorite snack!

Eat magnesium rich foods. Like almonds. They will give you a boost and fill your tummy with a healthy snack all at the same time

 

 

 

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Strength training is great for runners!

Change up your exercise routine. Muscle conditioning can get even your muscles bored. switching things up gives muscles confusion and they have to work a bit harder.

Speaking of exercise. Don’t just run or walk. Throw in some strength training. Adding lean muscle helps you burn metabolism harder.

 

 

 

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Handle tasks on your feet!

If you sit at work, do portions of your day standing. Whatever tasks can easily be done from a standing position, do it. The benefits far outreach just a metabolism boost or upping your energy levels

Bonus Recipe

 

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This isn’t my recipe. But it is a recipe I’ve used a few times and is a staple in my kitchen now. We don’t use energy bars often in our house. But hubby likes them when he does long runs and they are awesome for when we hike. This is my very favorite bar recipe!

Raw Superfood Energy Bars

Cherries and goji berries are soulmates in the dried-fruit world—I often make trail mixes that pair these two red beauties. Here, they’re friends again in these wholesome, cacao-nib-accented raw bars. Packed with all kinds of antioxidants, these bars appear to be “only” sweet treats, while undercover they are anti-aging workhorses.
Author: Julie Morris
Serves: 8 bars
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cups raw walnuts
  • ½ cup dried goji berries
  • ¼ cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine the almonds and walnuts, and process the nuts into the size of small gravel. Add the goji berries, dates, vanilla extract, and cinnamon powder, and process until the mixture forms clumps and begins to stick together. Add the cherries and cacao nibs and process briefly to incorporate the ingredients, but leave some small chunks for texture.
  2. Place the dough on a large sheet of plastic wrap on a cutting board. Press the dough into a compact rectangle, then wrap it tightly in the plastic, compacting it even more. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a ½ -inch-thick layer.
  3. Unwrap the dough and cut it into 8 bars or smaller bites, as desired. These superfood energy bars will last several weeks unrefrigerated and covered, or keep them in the freezer for long-term storage.

Recipe Source: Superfood Snacks: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-Dense Recipes