Running Tabata is basically heinous, I did my first one today and lived through it enough to tell you it’s awful BUT, according to Mark’s Daily Apple, it has some amazing benefits:
“We now know that high-intensity interval sprinting is far more effective at burning fat and maintaining – or even building – lean muscle mass than the moderate jog-ten-miles-a-day training espoused by so many “experts.” “
So with that in mind, and the LAME results from my first 10k this year which I did on Jan 1st, I have decided to commit to this training plan I pilfered from Men’s Running
Urban Tabata Sprinting:
I decided to go a little longer than the 20 seconds, which may explain why I found it so terrible, but I like the idea of doing a block for each sprint, and recovering at the end. It’s kinda perfect for urban situations, so I’ll try make it work over the next 29 days:
I did a half mile warm up jog – the red streak across the bottom of the route, and then sprinted up to the next blog, recovered as I took a left / perpendicular to the sprint, and then another sprint as I took the paralel road for another sprint.
I’m relatively new to Tabata Sprints so am learning about this as I go, but apparently this is all based on the research of a Japanese Dr Tabata – he compared two sets of athletes who participated in medium high intensity training and high intensity training. The results were that the athletes training in high intensity interval training improved their aerobic (slower, oxygen consuming) systems as well as their anaerobic system (intensity and muscle building). The athletes who did the moderate high intensity training only improved their aerobic system and had little to no increase in their anaerobic system.
Tabata For Marathons
So, this is an online experiment to see if this will speed me up a little for my marathon in March which I feel like I’ve not trained for at all. FML.
In addition, I’ll be doing long runs (ie TABATA in the morning and regular runs at night) and crossfit twice a week for core and muscle toning.
I think I’m going to be super exhausted.
Have you done Tabata? Any tips?