Many UrbanAthletics runners have found success in the marathon. This is due in part to their use of interval training at UA’s Speed and Form sessions. Here, some of these runners share their success stories and what they like about these types of workouts:
Talented UA runner Harriott Kelly has quickly risen in the ranks of top female racers in the New York City region. She has accomplished this through a combination of hard work and discipline. Here’s what she says about interval training:
“I like the 5-6 X 1000 work out the best. They are long enough to feel like you accomplished something but short enough to give it your all. I have enjoyed seeing it pay off over time by my speed improving in the repeats and remaining consistent throughout the entire set.
This workout has definitely improved my speed in racing and given me the confidence to hold my pace in a longer race.”
There is a large variety of interval workouts that a runner can take advantage of to boost their fitness. In addition to helping a runner stay fresh, this assortment can help keeping running fun! Intervals that incorporate hill climbs do just that. In the last few years, long-time UA runner Mark Caine has smashed personal records in distances from the 5k to the marathon. He shared his feelings on interval training:
“My favorite VO2 Max workout is either the 800m or 1 mile North Hills interval. I get burned-out running 200 meter – 1000 meter intervals all the time and the uphills are a nice and different change of pace. (No pun intended!)