Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Last week I wrote about adding interval training to your workouts. This week, I am happy to say, I have noticed a difference in my overall recovery time after each interval. What we did today was 15 seconds of flat out water running followed by 15 seconds of recovery jogging. Then we progressed to 30 seconds of fast running (still 15 seconds of flat out running) followed by 30 seconds of recovery jogging. We worked ourselves up to one minute of fast jogging (still 15 seconds of flat out running) and one minute of recovery jogging. Then we descended our intervals using the same time intervals as we did when we were ascending. An amazing thing happened! As the intervals lengthened, my recovery time improved. This was a shock to me because I've only done this type of training for two weeks! I was very surprised at how quickly I was able to improve. I am an experienced exerciser and I do between 90 and 180 minutes of exercise 6 days per week. I feel very tired after I complete my workouts that included interval training but it is a different kind of fatigue than I normally experience. I feel energized by these workout along with the fatigue. In order to prevent any injury to myself, I am limiting my workout times to equal to or less than 120 minutes when I do interval training. I am also building in some recovery time with only light exercise between my exercise classes. The object of my workouts isn't to hurt myself but to improve my endurance and stamina. Therefore, any time I feel pain, I slow down to a more comfortable level. So far this is working. We'll see what next week brings!