Had a great run last Saturday with my training group. 8 miles on a new route. I was running with a gal that I met in the training group - Running Buddy 2! So RB2 and I got to talking about intervals. She's been running about a year (I think) and has been running around 4 minute intervals, with a 1 minute walk. I'm running 7 1/2 minutes with a 45 second walk.
We started talking about how running the intervals seems to have given us more endurance. When I first started running, about 2 1/2 years ago, I didn't run intervals. I ran a 5k race in about 32 minutes. Running Buddy 1 got me running intervals. She trained with Team in Training and that was how they trained for a marathon. Ultimately she was running 9 minutes with a 1 minute walk. So, after I started running intervals, I ran that same 5k race a year later in 29 minutes.
I really think that the intervals have helped me build that endurance and faster speed. However, our trainer, the Running Ghost, doesn't seem to be a fan of intervals. He has "encouraged" both me and RB2 to move away from the intervals.
Here's my question to all you runner's out there...How do you feel about intervals? Are you using intervals? Have you seen benefits with them?
Thanks for stopping by today! I have a 10 mile race next Saturday - so excited!