Why hello Tuesday! Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. It is surprising cool here right now, so I am enjoying the brief break from the heat. Southern AZ was in the 90s last week (and I think it might have hit 100 one day), but we are expected to stay in the 60s today. It is a lovely break before the hot, hot heat coming in the summer.
So, I have a confession to make. I do not exactly love running. I don’t mind running per se, but it would be a stretch to say I looked forward to it or anything. I somewhat enjoy the treadmill portions of a Orangetheory class though, and I don’t mind a jog with a friend. But anytime I try to run alone, I am like 5 minutes in and trying to find a reason to end it early.
While there are plenty of other activities and workouts I could do, I still love the idea of running. I also feel like it gives me an instant snapshot of how my endurance is that day, and I usually feel pretty great afterwards. With that in mind, I have been playing with different types of runs, and ways to make running more enjoyable for me. One thing I have found that helps, is to go with a Orangetheory style run, with varying tempos. This breaks it down for me, so instead of focusing on the whole time I want to run, or how far I’m going, I just focus on getting through the next minute or so of my base pace or push pace.
This 20 minute treadmill workout flew by for me! This is a great little cardio workout when you are short on time, or to pair with some strength training. You could also easily make it a 25 or 30 minute workout by repeating minutes 10:00-15:00 once or twice before moving on.
For your base pace go with a comfortable run or jog, one you could maintain for a while. Your push pace should be 1-2 miles faster than your base pace. So for example, if your base pace is 5.0 mile per hour, your push pace would be 6-7 miles per hour.
Let me know if you give it a try. Hope you have a great day!