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Running Workouts with Interval Training

Training Programs for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Runners

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IAMSHE-RA

3/4/2009 1:27:56 PM

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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.

ELVISSIGHTINGS

3/4/2009 11:54:14 AM

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!

ETWBOK

3/4/2009 9:04:47 AM

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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.

MOMOFGILLIAM

1/20/2009 11:07:18 AM

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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!!

BBRITSCH06

1/19/2009 12:30:28 PM

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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!

BANANIE41

12/16/2008 5:18:05 PM

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!

SUNZETTE

11/22/2008 11:58:20 PM

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Thank you i hope this helps me and everyone else who wants to build their running endurance! *thumbs up! :)

SUNZETTE

11/22/2008 11:57:55 PM

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Thank you i hope this helps me and everyone else who wants to build their running endurance! *thumbs up! :)

SUNZETTE

11/22/2008 5:31:50 PM

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Thank you i hope this helps me and everyone else who wants to build their running endurance! *thumbs up! :)

SUNZETTE

11/22/2008 5:16:21 PM

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Thank you i hope this helps me and everyone else who wants to build their running endurance! *thumbs up! :)

ALLEY11

11/22/2008 11:44:54 AM

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!

RLUCIANAT

9/14/2008 5:03:40 PM

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!

JIBBIE49

8/3/2008 12:31:55 AM

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Covert Bailey is in PBS-TV special on "Fit or Fat" talks about doing "Wind Sprints" with recovery time. So, this article is very helpful.

TAMADM

7/31/2008 7:26:19 PM

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I love interval training! I do it everyday as my cardio workout. As a woman just over 5 feet, let me just say that 5.5 mph is not jog it is a run for me.

LOVEBEAM

7/31/2008 12:19:57 PM

I tried the begginer stil felt i was gonna die running at 5.8..but thanks this was a great article.

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