The most important thing in running, is pacing. Most runners make the mistake of going out really fast for the first half of the race, and then the second half suffers. If you have a goal of running say a 10 minute mile, it's best to run the first half at your ideal pace, so run the first half mile in 5 minutes and then repeat it. It's much easier to run a pace, it takes awhile to learn, but that way the second half of your race doesn't suffer, and you may even run negative splits (which is a good thing - when you run the second half faster than the first). So say you're doing the 10K, run the first 5K at your ideal pace of 6 mph (or 10 minute miles) and then do the last 5K at the same pace or faster.
Originally Posted by Amandacurls
I've found that doing the HIIT training has really helped me to increase my speed and endurance overall. I also have been using a treadmill to alternate working at an incline and resting on a THAT really helps.

I finished my 8 week training program this morning for HIIT... for the next few weeks I'm going to concentrate on the working/resting... to increase my endurance.
Originally Posted by hopetocurl
Just remember that when running on a treadmill, a 1% incline is equivalent to running outside. Which HIIT program do you use, if you don't mind my asking?
Originally Posted by Amandacurls
I looked into HIIT at a couple of sites, but I decided to use the one at

For me, personally, this one seemed like the most do-able one. Fit with my current fitness level.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

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