Interval training appears on most training plans, no matter what the distance is that you are training for. The current plan I am using for the two October half marathons is no different. Oh how I dread these sessions. Not just for the sheer effort involved, but also for the complexity of some of the sessions.
Last weeks schedule stated “warm up, then 8 x 90 secs fast, 90 secs slow”, now even with my limited mental ability I could grasp what was needed to be done BUT how to keep track on which 90 secs you were in? The thought of counting on in 90″s or even in 1.5″s filled me with terror. Then I remembered the app I had installed on my phone ages ago. I fired up the aptly named “IntervalTimer” used my IT Technician skills, programmed it accordingly and off I went.
Wow it worked really well. It makes a different noise at the beginning of each interval, the slow one had a ships horn start you off, followed by a bell at the end to indicate the start of speed. You can glance at the phone to see how many seconds are left to go during an interval and at this point the screen is green or red to confirm if it’s a slow or fast segment, for those like me who loose track easily! This time I ran holding my phone but I think if it put in my pocket like normal I could still hear it. Great little FREE app, certainly takes the guess and brain work out of an interval session, if only it could help my legs also!
Here is a photo of a Maize field for all you scary movie watchers, fortunately when I look at it I just think “Field of Dreams’