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Interval Running For Beginners

I am a reluctant runner. There is part of me that loves the running high, but as I age, my body does not love running. I’ve turned to interval running to rekindle my love for getting outside and moving my body. I was first introduced to interval running when I trained for the Honolulu Marathon in 2000 when I began to have both hip and knee problems during my training.

Interval Running For Beginners

Interval Running for Beginners

After that, interval running became my favorite way to run. Now that I am getting back into it, I wanted to share my plan. It’s a great way for beginners who have never run or runners who may want to get back into shape like me.

There are many suggested methods for interval running. When I attended Fitbloggin’ 14, I ran with a group to complete a 5K where we did a 30/30 split. We jogged for 30 seconds and walked for 30 seconds. I could not believe how quickly we ultimately finished and how good I felt considering I had not run in ages.

I also like a 60/60 split. When I am back into running shape, I typically aim for 4/1 split which is four minutes of running and 1 minute of walking. Give different intervals a try to see what feels good for you. I highly recommend the 30/30 option as a good way to start.

In the beginning, you want to focus on form rather than speed. Here is a great info/graphic to consider your form.

7 Running Tips for Beginners. I am trying add running back into my fitness routine. Here are some great tips for new runners to get started.

After you have tried the 30/30 or 60/60 interval for a while, or just want to try something new, here is a great interval running for beginners workout:

Interval Running for Beginners

Whether you’re new to interval training or running in general,  you can change up your speed and time variables to create a wide variety of interval running workouts to continually advance your training. Getting started with treadmill running? Here is another great workout idea.

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