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SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,458
3/25/13 7:59 P

Long slow distance work the current research says causes stress on the body which elicits cortisol a fat retaining hormone. My question is are you strength training? If you are not you are burning 25% muscle and not just fat which will slow your metabolism.

HIIT is a great add on for running training but not a cure all for anything, it is another training method. Here is a hyperlink to an excellent article on HIIT and how to incorporate it into your training. www.intervaltraining.net/hiit.html


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

JOIANETT Posts: 396
3/25/13 6:51 P

Coach Nancy,
Thank you... I am looking for weight loss. I have plateaued and gotten burnt out with long distance running (10-20 miles on weekends and 5-6/day during the week). I am looking for something to just change things up but also keep me running, which I love.

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3/25/13 6:17 P

Hi JOIANETT,

Are these intervals aimed at making you faster for racing or weight loss?

Below are a couple articles I located, but keep in mind you do not want to do interval training more than 1-2 times a week. The reason, your injury rate may elevate in response to the higher intensity, not to mention your goal is to develop a full-rounded running program that activates ALL the energy systems your body requires to be a well-balanced and efficient runner.

runnersconnect.net/running-training-articl
es/tempo-intervals/


runnersconnect.net/running-tips/aerobic-vs
-anaerobic-training/


runnersconnect.net/running-nutrition-artic
les/energy-systems-running/


I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

JOIANETT Posts: 396
3/25/13 5:58 P

I have been running long distance for quite some time and want to try something new. I feel my body can run forever and has gotten use to it. I have heard/seen great things on HIIT but I am having problems finding a running HIIT program to follow. I have read that it can be customary, i.e., 5 min warmup, 30 sec spring, 90 sec jog... repeard 8-10 x... I am just curious what others do, what they recommend and may a good website? For running long distance there are a ton of training plans (Hal Higdon my favorite) but not much that I can really find on HIIT. Thanks in advance.

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