Five and a half miles with Chrissie Wellington

So - after having a go with the C25K+ podcasts, I decided I quite liked Audiofuel, so I nipped off to their website and found some interval downloads (at a price of course). The first two I bought were Adrenaline Junkie 2 and Run Faster with Chrissie Wellington 3.

Tonight I thought I'd try to run intervals with Chrissie and see if I could keep up!

The intervals start on a slow bpm 150-160 or so, and work up to 180bpm for several intervals and different times. The total run was 5.55 miles and the pace came out at about 6.2mph which I was slightly disappointed with. I didn't find the 180bpm too hard to keep up with, but I think what is letting me down is my stride length which, being as I have little short stumpy legs, isn't too long! I need to practise longer strides somewhere in all of this or I will NEVER get to my target of a sub 27min 5k...

Oh well, onward to the Adrenaline Junkie 2 and we will see how THAT goes.

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I did quite enjoy Chrissie telling me to "keep good form, relax the shoulders, drive the legs, pump the arms, work it!!" and the session did seem to go very quickly.

CaroleC

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  • I've got adrenaline junkie 2! They're good when you're in the mood for something different.

  • Do you think they make a difference?

    CaroleC

  • I haven't done it enough to see if it makes a difference. I'll follow your progress with interest ;)

  • I did my first blast of HIIT using Speed yesterday although I think I ran full tilt for too long so only managed 4 fast repeats before I was totally knackered!! Thinking about what I was doing as I ran I became aware that when you run very fast, well my fast there is a point when neither foot is actually on the ground, yikes I though thats not what usually happens! So I came home and looked at some photographs I had taken at Parkrun a few weeks ago of the really fast runners and yeh when they are running there is a point when neither foot is touching the road. I'm like you Carol have very short legs and a short stride so I think training for me needs to be on a good flat surface with short bursts of fast longer strides interspersed by slower periods with a reduced stride.

    I have to say I did enjoy doing my HIIT running, I also did the same in the pool the day before, now that really made me work. I did 1 length flat out followed by 2 recovery then on the last one 3 lengths to recover, must have been working hard.

  • Hi Oldgirl,

    Sounds like you are enjoying your HIIT sessions, whether in the pool or on the road! I have now downloaded as well, a 22 min 200bpm high intensity work out which I might repeat twice through tomorrow if I can get through the first time! That sub 27min 5k is going to be MINE before the end of 2012!

    CaroleC

  • I love your determination Carol, good luck.

  • You could build your own session using jog.fm to select tracks with the right number of beats per minute.

  • I really like Audiofuel too although the more sedate downloads! I do think it helps (I am telling myself this because I find I can't run for as long so I must be working harder right?)

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