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Beat the heat - with intervals???
Wait - what?
You’re thinking - Intervals are challenging, how am I “beating the heat” by running intervals in the thick of the summer heat?
Humidity was born in Virginia Beach and has established permanent residence here from May through late September. It also makes sporadic visits throughout October.
The humidity makes even early morning training both a physical and mental grind as the humidity causes extreme water loss, makes it difficult to breathe, and in general just makes exercise far more challenging. Anyone who lives on the Atlantic sea board or down in Florida where Dr. Minkoff and crew live knows exactly what I am talking about.
In early June, I started to increase my weekly long runs and the distance on my weekly threshold runs. I continued until mid-July when I took leave to visit my family in Minnesota. Even in June, the humidity was already oppressive.
After a brief respite from any sort of real humidity in Minnesota for two weeks (high 50s/low 60s in the morning…with a crispness to the air), I returned to Virginia Beach with a different sort of program in mind to avoid suffering so much in the heat/humidity of the mid-Atlantic region.
With an Army Physical Fitness test approaching in early October, I immediately thought about layering more intervals into my training over the next 8 weeks. Not only do intervals increase your overall fitness level as a form of work capacity training, but they help you burn more fat because of the intensity of the training.
My fitness is improving week to week. My 400 and 800 times are improving each week and my recovery between rounds is also improving as I get stronger week over week.
I am also not dehydrated until noon like I am with my long 10-12 mile runs in the humid conditions. Simply put, intervals have allowed me to keep up the intensity in my training while adjusting for the weather conditions that will exist here until late September.
Not only have I enjoyed the change as I try to hold on to whatever speed I still have left in my body, I have also enjoyed the ability to hydrate more often during my training and in a way - “beat the heat.”
Interval training allows us to train hard and SMART in the closing months of summer.
I would encourage everyone - even if you don’t have an Army PT test coming up - to jog over to your local high school and give ‘em a shot.
Take care and talk to you next month.
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This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
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Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.
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