So I have a running confession to share. I have run two full marathons and four half marathons, plus a bunch of trail races and never have I ever done speedwork. No 400s, 800s or 1600s. I’ve done tempo runs but never intervals. They always sound hard. But now I am starting my half marathon training plan next week and it calls for some speedwork. And the weird thing is that I am actually kinda looking forward to trying it out.
So I am looking for your help. I get the principal behind everything and I have a pretty good idea about what paces to start with but I have some newbie questions.
Do you do your speedwork on a treadmill or a track?
How much of a gap do you leave between intervals? A certain amount of time or a distance?
Do you walk or just run super slow between intervals?
Do you program it into a watch? Can you even do this? How do you get your run done without checking your GPS every two minutes?
How do you think speedwork has helped your running?