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Running Workouts with Interval Training

Training Programs for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Runners

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  • RUNBECSRUN
    i'll definitely try the beginner intervals some time soon! the only thing that bugged me about this article is that, apparently, unless i'm going faster than 10 minute miles i'm not actually "running," i'm just "jogging." but i guess the whole "run" vs "jog" thing is kind of a pet peeve for me ;-) - 6/30/2009 10:50:41 AM
  • Aaaa! Disregard my previous comment, I was obviously reading the chart wrong!!! (Blushing!) - 3/4/2009 3:46:48 PM
  • I think the speeds listed might have been a typo in the article? If you take a look at the intensity levels, they don't match up with the speeds. Still interval training is awesome and really helps me get the most out of my runs!!! - 3/4/2009 3:45:22 PM
  • I agree that the beginner workout seems too intense. For me 4.5 MPH is a jog. I think beginners should start with a walk 3.5 - 4.0 and then move on to a low intensity jog 4.5 - 5.5. - 3/4/2009 1:27:56 PM
  • ELVISSIGHTINGS
    I agree, "beginner" isn't exactly beginner. For a real "beginner" approach, look for Coach Jen's "You Can Do A Mile Without Stopping" page... which amounts to intervals of walk/jog. Once you can actually run your mile or two without stopping, THEN come back for the interval training shown here! - 3/4/2009 11:54:14 AM
  • I am sorry, but that beginner level is not beginner. Beginner should apply to anyone, and I see it didn't apply to one person who left a comment and it doesn't apply to me. I am 49 and I used to be a runner. I am overweight but I am not that out of fitness shape. I could not do this at all as a beginner. I had my 20 year old son, who is very fit, try it and he was huffing and puffing. I think it could even be dangerous to some. - 3/4/2009 9:04:47 AM
  • I am trying to slowly get back into running and this is exactly what I needed! I printed out the beginner chart, laminated it and take it with me to the gym!! - 1/20/2009 11:07:18 AM
  • I am doing a marathon training program and they emphasis interval running once a week! This was a great chart to follow - thank you! It really builds up your heart rate tolerance and you don't get so bored like running at a steady pace. I also hear it is a better work-out than a steady pace. Definitly will use this on my interval days! - 1/19/2009 12:30:28 PM
  • BANANIE41
    I did the beginner one last night and it was good to be able to follow this, the time went fast and I didn't think so much about the jogging...it was like I got done and thought, hey I just jogged for a steady 17 minutes! - 12/16/2008 5:18:05 PM
  • Thank you i hope this helps me and everyone else who wants to build their running endurance! *thumbs up! :) - 11/22/2008 11:58:20 PM
  • Thank you i hope this helps me and everyone else who wants to build their running endurance! *thumbs up! :) - 11/22/2008 11:57:55 PM
  • Thank you i hope this helps me and everyone else who wants to build their running endurance! *thumbs up! :) - 11/22/2008 5:31:50 PM
  • Thank you i hope this helps me and everyone else who wants to build their running endurance! *thumbs up! :) - 11/22/2008 5:16:21 PM
  • ALLEY11
    I wish there was a level below beginner! I walk on my treadmill EVERY day, but have only worked up to 3 miles an hour for 30 minutes. I can't even imagine being able to RUN 5.8! - 11/22/2008 11:44:54 AM
  • RLUCIANAT
    These intervals really helped me increase my fitness level. I've gotten off track a bit after a difficult summer, but I plan on starting them again and getting back up to my former level! - 9/14/2008 5:03:40 PM

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